SparkPeople GLBTQ Spark Network: We Are Family Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=940 For gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning Sparkers and those who love and support them. Welcome! SparkPeople GLBTQ Spark Network: We Are Family Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=940 Edie Windsor just keeps being a hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60827425 Edie Windsor is the courageous force behind The United States v. Windsor, and she continues moving forward <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/10/ed<BR>ie-windsor-marriage-equality_n_6653328<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you aren't yet familiar with the gorgeous love story behind one of the most important LGBT legal movements in recent history, please make the time to watch "Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement". Love is a miracle! Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:27:52 EST Still interested in less stress this month? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60826925 Here's a link to join Osho's free 21-day Meditation for Busy People program, beginning on lucky Friday the 13th <link>www.mentorschannel.com/bestsellers/R<BR>egistrationpage.aspx?bookid=235&uaf=51<BR>83906 </link> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:13:16 EST Good news for transgender medical services http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60794632 As a Court Appointed Special Advocate for LGBTQ foster youth, it was SO exciting for me to find out that necessary medical services might be accessible through Medicare and Medi-Cal! This is not a very recent story, but I wanted to share it because I feel like I just hit the jackpot. (My work to help a child through his transition might NOT be all uphill!) <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/30/me<BR>dicare-transgender-gender-surgery_n_54<BR>18899.html </link> <BR> <BR> Transg... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:58:53 EST This -n- That http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60790461 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1141249838.jpg"> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:32:02 EST Protecting LGBT People From Discrimination Is Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60762804 Protecting LGBT People From Discrimination Is Now Illegal In Arkansas -- <BR> <BR> <BR> As of Tuesday, it is now law that cities in Arkansas cannot pass ordinances protecting LGBT people from discrimination. That’s because a new bill became law — without Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signing or vetoing — that limits municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to any class not protected by state law. Since state law does not include “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” as prot... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:41:44 EST Queen thinks marriage equality is wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60678045 This made me smile <link>www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/02/08/the-qu<BR>een-thinks-same-sex-marriage-is-wonder<BR>ful-stephen-fry-claims/ </link> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:14:42 EST I love San Diego even more now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60667592 Made me cry. <link>www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/San-D<BR>iego-Couple-Shares-First-Ever-Male-Sam<BR>e-Sex-Ceremonial-First-Kiss-291344541.html </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:19:40 EST Gay Love Letters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60646286 Through the centuries. <BR> <link>rictornorton.co.uk/dearboy.htm </link> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:21:24 EST Lance and Michael Get Married http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60635346 I finally watched Lance Bass and his husband Michael get married on national TV. While I thought the spectacle was truly horrific, I still got choked up at the end when they said their vows, remembering Steve's and my special day nearly 15 years ago. Other than that, I thought it was a terrible example to show the world what a gay wedding looks like. (Supermodels for flower girls - really???) <BR> <BR> At least their parents were pretty cool. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:59:40 EST January Stats and Team Goodies coming soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x60621767 Thanks for your patience. :) Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:19:54 EST Getting To Know You Extravaganza http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x60615523 A - Age: 32 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Single <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Cleaning cooker <BR> <BR> D - Dog's names: Piper <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Cup of tea <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Green <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H – Height: 5’ 5” <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): Treble recorder, Descant Recorder, Violin, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Trumpet/Cornet, Euphonium, Tenor Horn <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Full time carer <BR> <BR> K - K... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:46:57 EST Wisdom from a bearded lady http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60610658 Very interesting writing: <BR> <BR> How do I tell a generation of women, pumped full of conditioning that tells them—beauty is the rubric and romance is your reward—that there is no second place and there is no consolation prize when it comes to self-worth? <BR> <BR> How do I convince you that turning down adverse advances is not unwarranted entitlement? That no one deserves settling for what they can get? <BR> <BR> How do I assert that no one who chooses to live out loud is "asking for i... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:23:41 EST Two 17th century gay men http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60577554 Two 17th century gay men <BR> <link>https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/update/b<BR>eautiful-and-unbroken-marriage-souls </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:37:46 EST The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2/3/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60551601 On tonight's episode of The Nightly Show (on after Jon Stewart on Comedy Central) will be a discussion of same sex marriage. Larry's format is to focus on one topic for the entire show, with a panel discussion in the middle with representatives from both sides. <BR> <BR> <link>www.cc.com/shows/the-nightly-show </link> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 18:19:53 EST Fort Worth Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60503724 Fort Worth Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages, Causing Gay Officer To Choke Up On Camera: VIDEO -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Fort Worth will begin recognizing same-sex marriages on Feb. 1. The city announced Wednesday it is extending spousal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in other states. <BR> <BR> The city already offers health insurance to same-sex partners, but the decision to begin treating them as spouses will extend equal benefits to other areas, including pension plans. I... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:12:38 EST A Big, Gay Ad Is Going Up Outside Super Bowl Stadi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60503207 A Big, Gay Ad Is Going Up Outside Super Bowl Stadium -- <BR> <BR> <BR> All eyes will be on Phoenix this Sunday for the Super Bowl. And, many of those eyes will be met by a big, gay-themed ad. <BR> <BR> Dating app Scruff bought a billboard outside the University of Phoenix Stadium, just in time for the big game. The 48-foot ad shows two guys in a locker room making eyes at each other, with the slogan “Play On Our Team.” It’s a plug for the service, obviously, but also a nice addition to th... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:27:41 EST UK McDonald's suspends guard after he told gay man http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60482159 UK McDonald's suspends guard after he told gay man: 'No gay kisses allowed' <BR> <BR> <BR> A McDonald's security guard could lose his job after telling a man who kissed his friend that 'gay kisses were unacceptable'. <BR> <BR> Matthew Dummigan, 23, a dancer and bartender from Leicester (pictured), claims a doorman told him 'no kissing' was allowed after a male friend gave him a peck on the lips. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>gaystarnews.us4.list-manage.com/trac<BR>k/click?u=9c140b7a8e1b... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:23:06 EST What one man learned wearing makeup for a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60466274 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/isaacfitzgerald/thi<BR>s-is-what-one-man-learned-from-wearing<BR>-makeup-for-a-week#.kl7ajlMrA </link> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:52:26 EST Demanding change in TX prisons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60441902 Ugh, the details are rough, but you can click to ask for peace and justice without reading all the sad stuff if you just click through the link. <BR> <BR> Passion is a transgender woman currently incarcerated in a men's prison in Texas. Since entering the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) in 2002, she has been raped, beaten and slashed in the face with a razor. Yet TDCJ officials have ignored her repeated requests for protection, telling her to stop acting gay. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:25:29 EST Google Translate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60432426 Google is listening to feedback this week after launching a new version of the Google Translate app. If you're interested, you can click here to ask them to remove the anti-gay insults that come up when you try to translate the word gay: <link>go.allout.org/en/a/google-translate/ </link> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:09:33 EST Empire - new TV show on Fox http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60399685 Lee Daniels Is Using 'Empire' To 'Blow The Lid Off' Homophobia In The Black Community <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/le<BR>e-daniels-empire-homophobia-black-_n_6<BR>507274.html </link> <BR> <BR> We've watched the first few episodes. It's well written and "daring" in the sense that any TV show that pushes the boundaries of what it shows on the screen is daring. Taraji P. Henson is brilliant as Cookie, the ex-wife of the lead character, played by Terrance Howard. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:31:28 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x60392881 My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:23 EST Martin Luther King, jr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60386878 In 2002 we had the honor of meeting Coretta Scott King at a gala celebration put on by the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco, where I was on the board of directors. I thanked her for her support for the LGBT community and her acknowledgement that our civil rights were part of the overall fight for equal rights for all people. She was gracious and warm. I'll post a photo on the team wall of my parents with Mrs. King that I love. <BR> <BR> The Reverend Dr. King's legacy continues,... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:07:17 EST Florida Legalizes Driving While Gay-Married http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60384829 Florida Legalizes Driving While Gay-Married -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Florida has finally legalized driving while gay. Bills to discriminate against gay couples are rapidly multiplying in Texas. And multiple states are still wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to reverse marriage equality. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-baume/fl<BR>orida-legalizes-driving_b_6498472.html<BR>?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592 </link> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:52:22 EST Protecting Indian youth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60354774 In Goa, India, the Youth Minister just announced a plan to force young gay people into "centres" to “make them normal again” using drugs. He’s claiming he was misquoted, but a video that surfaced online now leaves no doubt that his anti-gay comments were for real. <BR> <BR> Goa is an international tourist destination, and the government knows its global reputation is at risk. Several medical bodies have warned about the danger of trying to "treat" gay people. So dangerous anti-gay talk like ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:30:50 EST Supreme Court! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60354713 What a miracle that 70% of the states already have marriage equality before the question even goes to the Supreme Court this April. Kind of makes me wonder if all the brilliant angels we miss so much (like Del Martin and Albert Bell) are still working their rainbow activist magic. Certainly wish they could have seen this part. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bilerico.com/2015/01/breaking_sc<BR>otus_grants_review_in_marriage_case.php </link> <BR> <BR> BREAKING: SCOTUS GRANTS REVIEW in Marriage Cases <... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:21:37 EST The 2015 Academy Awards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60341286 Oscar Nominees have been announced this morning: <link>oscar.go.com/nominees </link> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:14:41 EST Today only: Stop anti-LGBTQ bill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60320971 Click to sign petition to the members of the House General Laws Committee of the Virginia General Assembly: Virginia’s proposed anti-gay law could mean that denying service to lesbian, gay, and bi people is perfectly legal. Doctors, teachers, and so many others could refuse to treat and teach people just because of who they love. Please vote ‘no’ on this bill. Throw it out to send a strong message that your state stands up for equality. <link>go.allout.org/en/a/virginia/ </link> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:05:55 EST TLC tonight "My Husband's Not Gay" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60294621 10:00pm eastern with a replay at midnight. <BR> Mormon men on parade. <BR> I'll watch it but I'm skeptical, there's a hidden reparative therapy message. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:18:25 EST new looking for friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x60241848 im back after many years and im so ready to do this... I would also like to make new friends who are wanting to loose weight and find/give support along the way Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:14:26 EST First gay couple are married by a Mennonite Church http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60237242 First gay couple are married by a Mennonite Church in Canada -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Canadian gay couple made history on New Year's Eve, becoming the first ever same-sex couple who are members of the Canadian Mennonite Church to receive a church wedding in their faith. <BR> <BR> Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since July of 2005. <BR> <BR> However the Mennonite church in Saskatchewan province, Canada only decided to allow individual congregations to marry same-sex couples if they w... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 14:15:10 EST New Drag-umentaries http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60225169 We all know that the United States is a big place. Many people, however, only get to see different styles of drag from the queens who perform at their local bars or through their television set while watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. Two new drag documentaries, each filmed on opposite sides of the country, show two vastly different worlds like you’ve never seen them before. <BR> <BR> The first film, “Beautiful by Night,” documents three San Francisco-based drag queens. During the 29-minute film, ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:43:45 EST Monday Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60222762 A lot of sickness in our household this morning. Steve took Stella outside at about 1am, and while carrying her down the stairs, she threw up all over him. She wouldn't eat her food this morning, and she just wants to curl up in my lap or on her blanket on the sofa in the family room. Sherman is hiding under the bed and won't come out. Steve said he's been favoring his back legs, which probably means that he's got some kind of tummy trouble too. He did eat this morning, so he can't be feeling... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:00:15 EST Saturday Chuckle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60201327 Saw this today and it gave me a chuckle. He's got it goin' on! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXYj<BR>gHC_Ycw </link> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:41:06 EST December Stats: Final http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x60178265 I'm glad that I'm able to do this again. With all of the changes with Spark, it was impossible to give out Spark Goodies to those who didn't post to the group within 30-days. I'm glad there is a work around. Happy New Year everyone! <BR> <BR> By the way, I had to do a work around on most of the Team Spark Goodies because most of the members have not posted anything into the threads withing the last 30-days. Not to be offensive and of course you can do as you please, but the co-leads work har... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:39:31 EST 1.1.2015 What's In Store http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60173079 What do you want to see happen for us in the new year? There have been so many positive changes in recent times, what would you hope for now? What will you be doing new this year? Stop on by and share. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:25:32 EST January Challenge: "Destress and Work on Our Minds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x60168862 This is something new for the team that we haven't tried before. Being healthy also means having good mental health. Since the holiday season (a high stressor) is over and being in the winter, let's concentrate on our mental health a little bit. This month, the challenge is to do either meditation, yoga, pilates, tai-chi, or a combination of both that will help ground you and relax your body. There are tons of youtube videos for this and if you decide to do Tai-Chi, I recommend looking up Sc... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:06:07 EST Author Annie Proulx regrets writing ‘Brokeback Mou http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60151729 Author Annie Proulx regrets writing ‘Brokeback Mountain’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Authors have to accept that a published book takes on a life of its own, even if it means being sent alternative endings by readers. <BR> <BR> Part of becoming an adult involves accepting that we have no control over what other people think about us. It is an especially difficult lesson to learn for artists, who are hawking a larger portion of themselves in the marketplace than, say, a fishmonger or a mechanic. When... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:05:51 EST Nick Jonas is proud his TV character is gay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60147550 Nick Jonas is proud his TV character is gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to playing a gay character, Nick Jonas is all in. The about to end year has been all about the pop singer turned actor. From hanging out in gay clubs, releasing a solo album, and appearing in a TV drama the youngest Jonas seems to have put aside the purity ring. <BR> <BR> He sat down with Entertainment Weekly and discussed the past year. The talk covered everything, but his comments about the DirectTV drama Kingdo... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:48:39 EST LGBT Dessert http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60100339 Here's the perfect dessert for your next party: <BR> <BR> <link>fbarticle.sfglobe.com/2014/12/16/hWN<BR>/?src=share_fb_new_29923 </link> <BR> <BR> Just remember to watch your portion size! Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:12:01 EST Getting To Know You Extravaganza http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x60096703 A - Age: 37 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Twin <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Vacuuming <BR> <BR> D - Dog's names: Shane <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee, Vitamin C & Orange juice <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Gray <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5'3" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): piano, very briefly <BR> <BR> J - Job title: animal tech & art instructor <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): 3 girls, 1 boy <BR> <BR> L - Living arrangements: Live with... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:29:38 EST Supreme Court's refusal to hear marriage cases top http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60091792 Supreme Court's refusal to hear marriage cases tops 2014 news -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The United States Supreme Court refused to hear appeals seeking to preserve bans on marriage for same-sex couples. President Barack Obama finally signed a long-sought executive order protecting LGBT people who work for federal contractors. <BR> <BR> Oh, yes, and the Republican Party won a majority in the Senate. <BR> <BR> Those are some of the important events for LGBT people in 2014 – a year packed with man... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:35:39 EST Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x60083884 The only disability in life is a bad attitude! <BR> <BR> Deep respect to these inspiring athletes <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF17moUjPuY </link> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:01:50 EST The Try Guys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60076456 I love the Try Guys! <BR> <BR> Here's their first try at drag: <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fgCfC3bM0U </link> <BR> <BR> Fierce! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:07:29 EST New protections for Trans workers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60063501 From NPR: U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers <BR> <BR> <link>n.pr/1AwYN3W </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:26:54 EST Born This Way? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60051311 What's your take? <link>http://borngay.procon.org/ </link> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:43:41 EST Favorite holiday songs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60051241 With a link if you can! <BR> <BR> I really enjoy some of the quirky stuff like <BR> <BR> Nina Hagen's Mary X-mas <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwShcD04cEs </link> <BR> <BR> Shir Soul's Dreidel song (a capella with beatboxing) <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtlLHwk9_Rw </link> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:36:24 EST US swimming champ Tom Luchsinger overcomes self- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60044632 US swimming champ Tom Luchsinger overcomes self loathing to come out as gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> When Tom Luchsinger won the 200m Butterly at the US National Championships in June of 2013, the pressure of being a closeted gay man multiplied. <BR> <BR> All of a sudden he was projected to make the 2016 Olympic Team and was getting attention from fans, had a sponsor, and felt a new responsibility to keep the swimming community updated on the majority of his life. <BR> <BR> It was a life that... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:41:06 EST Is 'Undetectable' the New Safe Sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60044457 Is 'Undetectable' the New Safe Sex -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The landmark Partner study that everyone is talking about—which tracked HIV transmission risk through condomless sex if the HIV-positive partner is on suppressive antiretroviral medication—has so far found not even one case of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting the virus to a partner. But people in your everyday life may still be a little disbelieving. <BR> <BR> “The most common response I get from disbel... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:15:29 EST 12.14: Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x60022887 Good afternoon, I hope your weekend was a good one and that you're enjoying the day. I just wanted to say welcome to all of the new members and I hope you're finding your away around Spark. If you have any trouble, just shoot me a Spark Message. <BR> <BR> To the older members, you've been missed and I hope all is well your way as well. <BR> <BR> December is tough month to lose weight; however, I've been reading some blogs and there a few of you who've already attended some holiday parties ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:18:25 EST Gay belly dancers in Istanbul http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60015319 Two of my favorite things! Belly dance and queer subculture <link>www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/<BR>inside-world-istanbuls-male-belly-danc<BR>ers-180953539/?no-ist </link> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:52:08 EST Giving the Gift of Zen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x60009829 Giving the Gift of Zen -- <BR> <BR> <BR> "I just want clean lines and surfaces. I don't want things on places!" <BR> Edina (Jennifer Saunders)/"Absolutely Fabulous" <BR> <BR> More than most, apartment dwellers fight a constant battle of "Space Vs. Things." And especially around the holidays, things usually win. <BR> <BR> For those of us with too much stuff and too little space, this season the best gift we can ask Santa for might be the "Gift of Zen" -- cleaning, organizing, compressing,... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:11:46 EST Gay Model in Controversial 'Ex-Gay' Billboard is ' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x60009799 Gay Model in Controversial 'Ex-Gay' Billboard is 'Shocked' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The male model used in a controversial billboard in Richmond, Va., that is making headlines this week, is speaking out about his face being used on the "ex-gay" organization's anti-gay ad, saying he is "shocked," NBC 12 reports. <BR> <BR> It was reported earlier this week that the "ex-gay" group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) erected a billboard on I-95 in Richmond, Va., that promotes the controversial conv... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:08:14 EST 12.11: Team Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59999024 Again, I'm sorry that I've been absent for a few weeks, while I was in training on a FB group. The training is finished and now I can continue on with Spark as well, which I'm happy about. I've missed you guys. I want to thank the co-leads and the members of the group for keeping the group active. You all make a difference. <BR> <BR> With that said, there are going to be some changes with the group. Our co-leads had specific days that they posted on. That is no longer in place. Instead, a c... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:42:23 EST 12.11.2014 Seoul Sit In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59994742 There are protesters in Seoul that are making a stand, or sit if you like, for the equal rights promised to the LGBT community with a recently passed with the Seoul Charter of Human Rights to help bring equality to South Korea. The protest stems from the mayor denying the rights guaranteed within the new laws that he had helped to get underway. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/se<BR>oul-rainbow-action-protesters_n_629640<BR>6.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:57:09 EST Rainy Day Activities http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59991721 We are supposed to get the "storm of the year" starting tonight and all day tomorrow. I'll be exercising for sure, but probably not outside! <BR> <BR> What are your favorite rainy day activities? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:24:33 EST Add Me As Your Facebook Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59990573 Hello team, <BR> <BR> I apologize that I haven't posted lately. I recently discovered a group on Facebook called International HIV/AIDS and those who support us group. It has over 10,800 members from all over the world. I'll be mostly on Facebook; however, I will also be checking things out on here. If you want to add me as your Facebook friend, simply do a search of my email address, which is ruttroraggy@gmail.com <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to seeing you there too. <BR> <BR> In the mea... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:31:53 EST 12.10.2014 Big Step For New Yorkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59985454 The state of New York will now be making changes so that transgender people can have their birth certificates changed to reflect their true gender without requiring surgery first. It's a big step and a first so far. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/08/ne<BR>w-york-transgender-birt_n_6290590.html<BR>?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:48:13 EST Olympics: Any country with anti-gay laws could now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59974029 Olympics: Any country with anti-gay laws could now be banned from hosting -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Olympics has taken a huge step forward in protecting gay rights. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved Proposal 14 of the Olympic Agenda 2020 to include non-discrimination with regard to sexual orientation in Principle 6 at a vote in Monaco today (8 December). <BR> <BR> Principle 6 originally read: 'Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race,... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:33:30 EST The boy with two moms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59970772 This is the story of Zach Wahls who, when he was 19, gave a speech to defend his family. He was trying to stop a proposed ban on same-sex marriage. His speech was as personal as it gets—because Zach was raised by two moms. <BR> <BR> That speech changed the world. It became one of the most viral political videos ever on YouTube—and for the tens of millions of people who saw it, it ended the myth that gay parents are bad for kids. And after that speech, Zach took on another fight, and changed... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:28:41 EST Olympian comes out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59960819 Eric Radford has an Olympic silver medal in figure skating. Now he aims for a gold medal in 2018 - with his skating partner Meagan Duhamel - as an openly gay man. <link>www.outsports.com/2014/12/4/7321931/<BR>eric-radford-gay-figure-skater </link> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:56:23 EST Favorite exercise video? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x59960798 Found the New York City Ballet work out DVDs at my public library and they are AMAZING! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:53:16 EST Our Favorite Christmas Movies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59958499 <em>444</em> <em>272</em> <em>446</em> <em>272</em> <em>445</em> <em>272</em> <em>460</em> <BR> What are some of your favorite Christmas Movies? Feel free to list more than one, (who can have just one). So many to pick from. Do you know why this/these particular movie/movies are near and dear? Have fun with it <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:42:29 EST Lesbian widow wins survivor benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59952397 The widow of a woman who pushed to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island before she died of cancer will be entitled to her Social Security benefits after a yearslong fight to get them, an LGBT advocacy group said Thursday. <BR> <BR> Deborah Tevyaw received more than $30,000 in back benefits on Monday, according to Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. Her wife, Patricia Baker, died in 2011. They married in 2005 in Massachusetts but lived in Rhode Island. <BR> <BR> “Nothing can bring bac... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:39:26 EST Ellen and Portia's holiday greeting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59952384 Ellen, once again, proved that she is Queen of clever and funny when she released her holiday greeting card. Inspired by Kim Kardashian's cover for Paper Magazine, she and Portia wishes fans, family, and friends a "shiny New Year" with their naked, photo shopped bums gleaming right at us. <BR> <BR> Ellen has had quite a year. She's in her 12th season of her talk show with notable guests such as Jennifer Aniston and President Bill Clinton, she hosted the Oscars, and Portia is starring on ABC'... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:35:53 EST 12.4.2014 Planting Peace Gets Unusual Recruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59932337 It's always comforting to hear when someone stops being a hater and helps the cause, but when its someone who was part of a significant group of haters, that is even better! Grace Phelps, a former member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, has left them and is working with Planting Peace! She has been inspired by the awful treatment of the gay community around the world, especially in Jamaica. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/02/pl<BR>anting-peace-lgbt-homeless_n_... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:02:30 EST 12.3.2014 Some Progress In Poland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59923136 Robert Biedron is the first openly gay mayor in Poland. His coming out has also help pave the way for other politicians come out there. He is hopeful of more change and acceptance from the public. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/01/ro<BR>bert-biedron-poland-gay-mayor-_n_62486<BR>48.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:12:00 EST Does a "diet book" motivate you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59919287 I happened to watch Dr. Phil today (not, I repeat NOT, a regular occurrence LOL), and he was promoting his new book "The 20/20 Diet." He had an audience full of people who struggle with their weight, and his main guests were all women who are overweight and so full of self-loathing that they can't/won't get their nutrition under control. His new book claims to deal with the emotional baggage that causes people to overeat, while also providing an eating plan to help jump-start the weight loss ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:36:29 EST Corrected "Birth" Announcement For Trans Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59916728 Good parents love their children unconditionally, but these parents took their acceptance for their son's identity one step further. They took out a birth announcement in the Brisbane Courier Mail many years after he was actually born, and it might be the cutest thing ever to appear in print. <link>news.distractify.com/avericlements/t<BR>rans-son-birth-announcement/?v=1 </link> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:12:40 EST December progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59906790 Want to commit to your goals for the month here? <BR> <BR> Track progress? <BR> <BR> Get support? Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:34:44 EST Indian march for LGBTQ rights! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59896838 Nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched through central New Delhi on Sunday to demand an end to discrimination against gays in India's deeply conservative society. <BR> <BR> Holding balloons, flags and placards, activists and their supporters sang songs and danced to the beat of Indian drums as they held hands and walked in the rally, which has been held annually over the past few years. Many wore multi-colored wigs, while others wore face masks or had painted their faces. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:59:31 EST Three great Trans stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59889737 New defense department policy could allow open Trans service <link>www.advocate.com/politics/military/2<BR>014/11/28/report-new-defense-dept-poli<BR>cy-could-allow-open-trans-service </link> <BR> <BR> Meet New York's first trans firefighter <link>roygbiv.jezebel.com/meet-new-yorks-f<BR>irst-and-only-trans-woman-firefighter-<BR>1648678834 </link> <BR> <BR> Blue Montana's amazing speech calling himself out on his own male privilege at San Diego's Transgender Day of Remembrance (because ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:43:49 EST 11.27.2014 Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59872101 Well, it is that time of year. I thought we could all find a few things here that we are grateful for. There has been so much good news for everyone all around, let's share what we are thankful for now. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my spark friends and all of the great people here! Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:47:35 EST 11.26.2014 2 More Marrieage Bans Go Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59864333 The same sex marriage bans have been struck down in Arkansas and Mississippi now! Whoohoo, we are working our way closer to all 50 states! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/25/ar<BR>kansas-gay-marriage_n_6222010.html?utm<BR>_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices </link> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/25/mi<BR>ssissippi- <BR> gay-marriage_n_6222670.html?utm_hp_ref=g<BR>ay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices </link> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:05:05 EST OK to Exercise with Strangers in the House? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59844294 I have workers in the house for the next 3 days installing new ductwork, air conditioning coil and condenser, hot water heater, and insulation. They will be in and out (mostly in) until we leave for the lake on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Is it ok if I work out while they're in the house? Should I ask them to join me? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:42:34 EST Gorgeous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59839667 Men dancing an exquisite tango together <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzrTK0MGn-Y </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:58:00 EST Looking for SparkFriends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59814734 Hi folks! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some SparkFriends that can partner with me and help me stay motivated. Any and all suggestions and coaching is greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Have a great rest of the week! <BR> <BR> Steve Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:37:43 EST 11.20.2014 John Smid Marries http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59811134 In a twist, a good one at that, John Smid one of the former leaders in the Ex Gay movement has married his partner Larry McQueen this month. If that doesn't help send a message of love and that the therapy does not work, I don't know what would. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a206hy.lif/VG0TVkmOBWf_kMFt<BR>B94e2 </link> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:50:26 EST This will make you smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59806274 Dad accidentally discovers his teenage son is gay and handles it like a real man <link>www.queerty.com/dad-accidentally-dis<BR>covers-his-teenage-son-is-gay-and-hand<BR>les-it-like-a-real-man-20141117 </link> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:49:04 EST 11.19.2014 The Final Fight For Marriage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59802176 As a few of the last remaining states have battles over same sex marriage bans, Michigan's fight is going to the Supreme Court and hopefully on the fast track. The couple that fought the state courts has petitioned the Supreme Court to deal with the ban. This could be the final push for the bans in other states to be forced out of the way. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/17/su<BR>preme-court-gay-marriage-petitions-apr<BR>il-deboer-jayne-rowse_n_6174300.html?u<BR>tm_h... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:41:18 EST In the Gay Wing of L.A. Men's Central Jail http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59797311 In the Gay Wing of L.A. Men's Central Jail, It's Not Shanks and Muggings But Hand-Sewn Gowns and Tears <link>www.laweekly.com/informer/2014/11/18<BR>/in-the-gay-wing-of-la-mens-central-ja<BR>il-its-not-shanks-and-muggings-but-han<BR>d-sewn-gowns-and-tears </link> <BR> <BR> With rouged lips, long hair and a strut that would give Naomi Campbell pause, Dave Williams, 47, works the 75-foot runway that stretches between crowded rows of green chipped-paint bunk beds at the L.A. County Sheriff’s... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:56:26 EST Lesbian- approved movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59777191 11 Lesbian-Approved Movies We Can't Wait to See This Holiday Season <link>www.shewired.com/film/2014/11/13/11-<BR>lesbian-approved-movies-we-cant-wait-s<BR>ee-holiday-season-2014 </link> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:19:56 EST Out Man Just Made College Basketball History http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59770679 College basketball had a first for the history books on Friday, with Derrick Gordon playing his first game while openly gay. <BR> <BR> Gordon, who came out on April 9, is the first openly gay man to play a game of Division I men's basketball. And he scored 17 points, plus grabbing nine rebounds, in a U-Mass win over Siena 95-87. <BR> <BR> The moment attracted attention from ESPN, The New York Times, Boston Globe and more. Gordon has also just been honored as one of this year's OUT100. <BR... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:07:28 EST Photos: Queens Take Over WeHo for Drag Pageant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59769425 Check out the fabulous looks of the contestants of The Drag Pageant, which was hosted by Jessica and Hunter at Micky's in West Hollywood: <link>www.outtraveler.com/destination-guid<BR>e/2014/11/14/photos-soco-queens-take-o<BR>ver-mickys-drag-pageant </link> <BR> <BR> Micky's in West Hollywood has long been celebrated for its drag shows, which has featured some of the world's most fabulous performers (including Lady Gaga!). Last Thursday, a bevy of gender-bending stars returned to the stag... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:41:37 EST 11.13.2014 Kentucky Baptists Denounce A Church http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59747888 On Tuesday, a group of baptists in Kentucky voted to severe all ties with Crescent Hill Baptist Church. This church is open to welcoming gays and lesbians into the church and performing same sex weddings. I'm hoping that more churches will follow their example. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/11/ke<BR>ntucky-baptists-gay-friendly-church_n_<BR>6140954.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=<BR>Gay%20Voices </link> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:04:27 EST South Carolina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59742516 Fourth circuit rules, even if the sixth circuit drools. <BR> <BR> A federal judge has ruled South Carolina’s marriage ban unconstitutional <link>http://bit.ly/1wmguzt </link> . The decision has been stayed until November 20. South Carolina is the 4th and final state in the Fourth Circuit to win marriage equality since AFER’s victory in Bostic v. Schaefer at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:41:52 EST 11.12.2014 Sending Out Love After Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59737531 Last week a college student was punched for kissing his boyfriend while they were out walking. A perfect stranger attacked him for it and then took off. could he have become bitter, sure, but instead he sent out a tweet of tolerance and it is great! <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1zb9s.ktm/VGKJkcPobtPxpD21<BR>Bb8a8 </link> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:42:54 EST Bangladeshi Hijras Show Their Pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59722607 One year after the Bangladesh government formally recognized a third gender, the nation's hijras celebrated with their first-ever Pride parade. <BR> <BR> It's been a year since the south Asian nation of Bangladesh formally recognized a third gender, giving unprecedented visibility for individuals known locally as hijra. <BR> <BR> More than 1000 people took to the streets of Dhaka on Monday to participate in the country's first Pride march, reports U.K. LGBT outlet PinkNews. Participants w... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:04:46 EST Movies that changed how we felt about ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59722575 Movies and popular culture have an indelible impact on developing mindsets. The significance can even be more profound when you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), given that representation of the community in Hollywood is still limited. <BR> <BR> Still, there have been some true cinematic milestones portraying LGBT lifestyles over the years. "Boys Don't Cry," "Brokeback Mountain" and "Milk" have nabbed Oscars, while "Velvet Goldmine" and "A Beautiful Thing" enjoy cult ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:00:57 EST Do-over wedding in Coronado http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59711377 (This story mattered a lot to me, since my wife and I really enjoy how safe and beautiful it seems walking in Coronado on the weekends and seeing all of the happy weddings there.) <BR> <BR> At their wedding in a Coronado park in August, Oscar de Las Salas and Gary Jackson were heckled with ugly gay slurs. A group of Coronado residents and businesses banded together for a do-over at the Coronado Loews. <BR> <BR> The grooms wore matching gray suits, freshly-pressed shirts and gleaming smiles... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:49:27 EST First openly gay Attorney General! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59703368 Democrat Maura Healey was elected attorney general in Massachusetts on Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay attorney general in the country. <BR> <BR> Healey won a competitive primary against former state Sen. Warren Tolman (D) earlier this year. She easily defeated Republican John Miller on Tuesday by a vote of 62 percent to 38 percent, according to an ABC affiliate in Boston. <BR> <BR> EMILY's List, a progressive PAC that supports pro-choice Democratic women, helped Healey win her prima... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:52:31 EST Harvard offers anal sex class for beginners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59691577 Harvard offers anal sex class for beginners -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Harvard University offered a introductory course in anal sex as part of its sex week. <BR> <BR> What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101 covers anal anatomy, basic preparation and hygiene, lubes, anal toys, safer sex and anal penetration for beginners. <BR> <BR> The workshop was taught by experts from Good Vibrations sex shop and aims to ‘dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well.... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:00:45 EST Dallas voters approve protections for LGBT city... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59691500 Dallas voters approve protections for LGBT city employees -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, 4 November, voters in Dallas overwhelmingly approved protection for city employees from anti-LGBT discrimination. <BR> <BR> According to Lone Star Q, the resolution to include 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity and expression' in the city's constitution was approved by 77%; only 23% of voters were opposed. <BR> <BR> The proposal, called Proposition No. 4, also included protection for color, a... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:55:42 EST Two arrested after attack on gay teen in London http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59691463 Two men arrested after attack on gay teen in London -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Two men have been arrested in connection to a violent attack on a gay teen and his friend in London. <BR> <BR> Earlier this week, the victims came forward to say they were attacked by two men in pink tutus near a KFC in Surbiton, a surburban area of south-west London, shortly after 1am on Saturday (1 November). <BR> <BR> It is believed the two were walking along Victoria Road when they passed a group of men and women.... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:53:27 EST Christian university in Korea: 'No jobs for homose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59691439 Christian university in Korea: 'No jobs for homosexuals' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Christian university in South Korea has told gay people they are not welcome to apply for jobs on their campus. <BR> <BR> 'Drinking, smoking and homosexuality are not allowed,' the ad for an English language teacher job posted by Korea Nazarene University reads. <BR> <BR> The full job application also includes a 'self health check list'. Questions include 'Are OR were you HIV (AIDS) positive?' and 'Have you had... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:51:16 EST Colorado elects 'demon hunter' who wants to 'cure' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59691399 Colorado elects 'demon hunter' who wants to 'cure' LGBT teens by 'spanking' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A man who believes LGBTI teens are 'possessed by demons', gay people want to 'steal your soul' and same-sex couples sexually assault their children is now an elected lawmaker in Colorado. <BR> <BR> Gordon 'Dr Chaps' Klingenschmitt is a radical anti-gay member of the religious right, and is now sitting in the Colorado House of Representatives. <BR> <BR> The former Navy chaplain's win isn't exa... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:47:33 EST New York City pastor: Starbucks flavors lattes wit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59691329 New York City pastor: Starbucks flavors lattes with 'semen of sodomites' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A notoriously anti-gay New York City pastor has said Starbucks flavors its coffee with the 'semen of sodomites.' <BR> <BR> James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church said on his video blog, The Manning Report, that semen was the secret ingredient in the coffee shop chain's lattes. <BR> <BR> ‘Starbuck is taking specimens of male semen and putting it in the blends of their lattes, he sa... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:43:38 EST Gay actor Ben Whishaw: 'It was very hard to come.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59691292 Gay actor Ben Whishaw: 'It was very hard to come out with dignity' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Gay actor Ben Whishaw has opened up about coming out, saying it was very hard to do it in public with 'dignity'. <BR> <BR> The 34-year-old Brit, who starred as Q in the James Bond movie Skyfall, says he is very proud and grateful the way it happened. <BR> <BR> Last year due to ongoing speculation, Whishaw's representative confirmed the actor was in a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Brad... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:41:05 EST New Zealand Olympic rower Robbie Manson comes out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59691250 New Zealand Olympic rower Robbie Manson comes out publicly as gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Olympic rower Robbie Manson has come out publicly as a gay man two years after representing New Zealand in the 2012 Summer Olympics. <BR> <BR> Manson writes in a column for Outsports posted Tuesday (4 November) that he had come out to his teammates prior to those Olympics and now he's come out to the world. <BR> <BR> 'I have learned so much about myself and what it means to be gay over the past couple of ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:38:18 EST Disappointing news today for marriage equality http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59685526 The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld bans on marriage for same-sex couples in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. It's the first time since the Supreme Court's 2013 Windsor decision that a federal appeals court has ruled against marriage equality. And it's a saddening departure from recent decisions by the 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th Circuits. <BR> <BR> Looks like U.S. Supreme Court will now have the final decision on marriage equality: <link>http://www.washingtonpost.com/politi<BR>cs/app... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:51:35 EST 11.6.2014 Hope For Montenegro? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59681930 There have been attempts in the past for peaceful times for the gay community in Montenegro, but things didn't usually go well. The police and government allowed attacks on the marchers, until this year that is. Could there be hope as the government tries to join the EU? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/02/mo<BR>ntenegro-gay-pride-parade-_n_6091060.h<BR>tml?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:36:21 EST Missouri! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59675705 BREAKING: A Missouri Circuit Judge has ruled that the state’s ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional <link>http://bit.ly/1pn4BMJ </link> <BR> <BR> The ruling takes effect immediately in St. Louis and paves the way for marriage equality across the entire Show Me State. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:28:41 EST 11.5.2014 A Letter Everyone Should See http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59668850 Sometimes we see something that shows us a strong love and other times we see things that prove that we are strong in the community, but we also see things that can be both and this letter is one of those! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1yk8w.krj/VFlS5kmO34lZ6d2q<BR>Ce71a </link> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:35:35 EST And Kansas makes 33! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59667925 U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled that Kansas’ marriage equality ban violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law! Same sex marriage can be officially granted as of November 11th! Wed, 5 Nov 2014 00:57:20 EST Top US professional strongman Rob Kearney comes ou http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59653058 Top US professional strongman Rob Kearney comes out as gay, acknowledges boyfriend -- <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the world’s top strength athletes has come out as gay, acknowledging his boyfriend on Facebook. Weightlifter and fitness coach Rob Kearney came second in last year’s World’s Strongest Man competition. <BR> <BR> However prior to 21 October he had not publicly acknowledged that he is gay or that he is in a relationship. That day he posted to Facebook using the hashtag #MCM – short for ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:03:52 EST Russia tears down tribute to Apple's Steve Jobs as http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59653023 Russia tears down tribute to Apple's Steve Jobs as Tim Cook is gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Russian memorial to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs has been torn down as CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay. <BR> <BR> The tribute, a giant six foot iPhone with a large screen and QR code showing moments from Jobs' life, was taken down by the company that funded its erection in 2013. <BR> <BR> ZEFS claimed they needed to tear it down in order to abide by the law banning 'gay propaganda'. The memoria... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:59:23 EST MO House Finds No Way To Challenge Same-Sex... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59650324 House Finds No Way To Challenge Same-Sex Marriage Ruling-- <BR> <BR> <BR> JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State lawmakers have found that there is nothing they can do to fight to uphold Missouri's prohibition of same-sex marriage, but the Speaker of the House tells Missourinet the issue might not be settled. <BR> <BR> Attorney General Chris Koster announced October 6 he would not challenge the ruling of a Kansas City judge that would mean Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages from other states... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:13:59 EST Tim Cook's coming out applauded by finance guru Su http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59650288 Tim Cook's coming out applauded by finance guru Suze Orman who was pushed out in 2007-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Finance guru Suze Orman says she's happy to see Apple CEO Tim Cook come out on his own terms this week. 'Tim Cook's coming out publicly will be the door opener for a lot of other people that so want to come out but they're just afraid to do so,' Orman tells CNN. <BR> <BR> While Orman is now one of the most well-known lesbians in the US, she was not ready to be outed publicly in 2007 in an... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:12:01 EST Swiss newspaper: ‘Tim Cook coming out was arrogant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59650216 Swiss newspaper: ‘Tim Cook coming out was arrogant and unprofessional’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Swiss daily newspaper has had to apologize after criticizing US Apple CEO Tim Cook for coming out as gay this week. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung is a Swiss, German-language newspaper which is published in Zurich. On Thursday 30 November the paper published an article entitled: ‘The coming out of Tim cook: missions, power and abuse.’ <BR> <BR> The piece attacked Cook for coming out as such a high-profile... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:08:09 EST 6 North Carolina magistrates quit after request to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59650174 6 North Carolina magistrates quit after request to not officiate same-sex weddings was denied -- <BR> <BR> <BR> At least six magistrates in North Carolina have resigned rather than be forced to officiate same-sex weddings after a federal court decision legalized same-sex unions in the state on October 10, the Charlotte Observer reported this week. <BR> <BR> When the federal decision was handed down, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said all state agencies would comply. State Senator Phi... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:05:41 EST Woman's Day features groundbreaking Trans article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59645272 Woman's Day broke ground recently with an article featuring a Christian mother and her transgender son. <BR> <BR> The story, titled "The Son God Gave Me," was published in the October 2014 issue of the lifestyle magazine and focused on Gina Kentopp and her transgender son, Kyle. <BR> <BR> Kentopp told Women's Day she reconciled her traditional Christian faith with acceptance of her child after reading the memoir of a gay Christian. <BR> <BR> "Instead of asking God to change your child, the... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 21:43:10 EST Texas teen lured to skate park for gay-bashing, .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59622410 Texas teen lured to skate park for gay-bashing, then insulted by cops: activists-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Civil rights activists say police in Texas have not properly investigated the brutal gay-bashing of a teenager, and they’re asking the FBI to file hate crime charges in the case. <BR> <BR> Dylan Beard bit through his tongue and suffered chipped teeth, a broken nose, a black eye, and other injuries when he was beaten by two friends and a 17-year-old girl, reported the Houston Chronicle. <BR> <... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:33:36 EST The Worst Places To Seek Refuge During The Zombie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59619449 The Worst Places To Seek Refuge During The Zombie Apocalypse-- <BR> <BR> <BR> If and when the zombie apocalypse is nigh, we will all have to make one monumental decision: Where to seek refuge? <BR> <BR> Steer clear of the 25 cities on the map below, produced by real-estate website Trulia. Unless you're a zombie, in which case, live it up! (Oh wait, you can't.) <BR> <BR> When the undead rise up, hitting the beach in zombie-free bliss will not be an option. Honolulu is ranked as the most ap... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:58:10 EST Eric Martin: BULLIED ENOUGH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59619396 Eric Martin: BULLIED ENOUGH!-- <BR> <BR> <BR> UPDATE #2: As the needle rises in our campaign to help Eric Martin, so does the number of people sending him cards and letters of encouragement, support and love! On behalf of the entire Martin Family and myself, we would like to thank each and everyone of you for your love and support! Eric is healing and recovering. The cards and letters have been a constant source of inspiration and validation for him. All have touched him deeply. <BR> For... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:54:10 EST Philadelphia approves LGBT hate crime law followin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59619324 Philadelphia approves LGBT hate crime law following attack on same-sex couple-- <BR> <BR> <BR> PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s city council has passed a bill authorizing added penalties for gender identity and sexual orientation hate crimes that aren’t covered under state law. <BR> <BR> The administration-backed bill won unanimous approval Thursday. Mayor Michael Nutter has two weeks to sign it into law. <BR> <BR> Backers say the bill fixes a gap in state law exposed by an assault last mont... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:49:08 EST New York pastor: 'upscale sodomites' spread Ebola http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59619304 New York pastor: 'upscale sodomites' spread Ebola at Starbucks-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A notoriously anti-gay New York pastor has said 'upscale sodomites' are spreading Ebola at Starbucks. <BR> <BR> Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem warned viewers of his video blog, The Manning Report, to stay way from the coffee shop chain, especially in urban areas. <BR> <BR> 'Starbucks coffee stores are indeed ground zero for spreading Ebola and other diseases, because... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:47:47 EST Singapore's top court upholds anti-gay law http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59619267 Singapore's top court upholds anti-gay law-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Singapore's highest court today ruled the country's sodomy law which criminalizes gay sex is constitutional. <BR> <BR> The Court of Appeal found that section 377A of the penal code did not infringe on the rights of 51-year-old artistic therapist and social volunteer Tan Eng Hong. <BR> <BR> Tan was arrested for having in oral sex with man in a public toilet in 2010. He contested the law but the High Court dismissed his applicati... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:45:41 EST BarbWire Runs Column By 'Theonomist' Who Backs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59619223 BarbWire Runs Column By 'Theonomist' Who Backs Execution Of Gays-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Stallings is identified on BarbWire as a “Political Theonomist.” That’s a term used by Christian Reconstructionists who believe government should be enforcing their interpretation of Old Testament law, like Gary North and Michelle Bachman mentor John Eidsmoe. <BR> <BR> Turns out that’s exactly what Stallings believes. His Twitter feed links to a Christian radio show on which he spent nearly half an hour on A... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:43:35 EST Man charged with 'vicious' murder of person who... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59619168 Man charged with 'vicious' murder of person who answered his Craigslist sex ad-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Manuel Hakimian answered a Craigslist ad posted by a man who wrote that he was looking for sex. Answering the ad cost Hakimian his life. <BR> <BR> Authorities in Philadelphia say the ad was posted by Chad Marshall Wilcox whothey have charged with murdering Hakimian in his own home then robbing him of his cellphone, computer, wallet and car. <BR> <BR> Wilcox then went on the run across several... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:39:55 EST Gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church files legal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59619131 Gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church files legal brief to save Kansas from God’s wrath-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The anti-LGBT Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) filed a 22-page legal brief on Sunday demanding Kansas allow it to legally challenge same-sex marriage in order to protect the state from God’s wrath, the Washington Blade reports. <BR> <BR> “If this Court requires Kansas officials to treat what God has called abominable as something to be respected, revered, and blessed with the seal-of-approval... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:37:12 EST Florida man who attacked drag queen while wearing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59619109 Florida man who attacked drag queen while wearing ‘ironic’ KKK costume running for mayor-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Florida man who was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in 2012 for donning an ironic Ku Klux Klan outfit and attacking a drag queen with a tiki torch is running for mayor of Wilton Manors, the New Times reports. <BR> <BR> At a Halloween party in 2012, Boyd Corbin attended a costume party wearing a striped KKK costume and a sign that said, “Stop the race war against whites. Vot... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:35:11 EST NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59609790 NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in European airspace-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Brussels (AFP) - NATO said Wednesday it had tracked and intercepted four groups of Russian warplanes "conducting significant military manoeuvres" in European airspace over the past two days. <BR> <BR> "These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said. <BR> <BR> The planes, which included strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft, were dete... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:53:30 EST Dolly Parton: Anti-gay Christians are 'sinners' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59609758 Dolly Parton: Anti-gay Christians are 'sinners'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Dolly Parton has said anti-gay Christians who use the Bible to spout idiotic views are the real 'sinners'. <BR> <BR> The country legend and Christian star said she will always love her gay fans after she was asked why she thinks she became an icon. <BR> <BR> Speaking to Billboard, she said: 'They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people. I've struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understo... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:50:55 EST Bill Clinton urges on gay activists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59609708 Bill Clinton urges on gay activists-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Former US President Bill Clinton last night urged LGBTI activists to continue fighting for equality following recent victories for gay marriage advocates. <BR> <BR> 'I’ve never seen a civil rights movement, at least in our country, move as far and as fast as your movement, ever,' he said at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) annual dinner in Washington DC. <BR> <BR> Since the beginning of October, the number of states that allow gay marria... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:48:05 EST 10.30.2014 Frank Shaefer 'Refrocked' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59608429 Frank Shaefer, the Methodist minister that was defrocked earlier due to his refusal to accept the homophobic views of the church, has been reinstated by law. It is a major step forward, even if it had to go through the courts to happen. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1xyi1.i6/VFFdCUmOJSWp1ztNC<BR>3229 </link> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:49:49 EST 10.29.2014 Homophobic Man Gets Wakeup Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59597901 An angry man in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was taken down Texas style when he began to beat and rant another passenger as he thought the man he was beating was gay. After the man was arrested, he continued to taunt the man he attacked and even went on to make ignorant remarks to the arresting officers. The group of strangers that helped take down the man said they just saw someone in trouble and had to try and stop it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:19:50 EST US magazine Family Circle defends decision to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59578876 US magazine Family Circle defends decision to feature gay dads amidst backlash-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Readers of Family Circle, an 82-year-old American women's magazine, were introduced to Chris Osner-Hackett and Bob Osner-Hackett of Michigan, alongside their daughters Cai and Ava. It's the first time the magazine has featured a gay couple talking about their family life, parenting styles, and chaotic dinnertimes in the magazine's new column, 'Modern Life.' <BR> <BR> Aside from discussing homema... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:50:15 EST Evangelical ethicist David Gushee is now pro-LGBT. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59578832 Evangelical ethicist David Gushee is now pro-LGBT. Here’s why it matters.-- <BR> <BR> <BR> NEW YORK — At a moment when American churches and politicians are warring over gay rights and same-sex marriage, each side needs every soldier it can muster. Conservatives are about to learn that one of America’s leading evangelical ethicists is defecting to the opposition. <BR> <BR> David Gushee, a professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University, a Baptist-rooted college and divinity school in Ge... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:46:57 EST Madonna reacts to Italian nun’s bizarre cover of.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59578781 Madonna reacts to Italian nun’s bizarre cover of ‘Like A Virgin’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> We know that the Pope has recently made statements that indicate a softening in the church’s approach to LGBTI people, but we’re not sure how gay music fans around the world are likely to react to a nun’s interpretation of a gay icon’s classic hit song. <BR> <BR> Sister Cristina Scuccia heralds from Sicily. She won the Italian version of The Voice earlier this year and her debut album is due early November.... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:43:18 EST Rick Santorum: Young People Support LGBT Rights Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59578753 Rick Santorum: Young People Support LGBT Rights Because the Gay Community Has 'Silenced the Church' - VIDEO -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Former senator and likely presidential candidate Rick Santorum has said the only reason young people support gay rights is because they have never heard any arguments to the contrary, reports Right Wing Watch. <BR> <BR> Speaking yesterday during an interview with Tony Perkins, president of listed hate group Family Research Council, Santorum said that the anti-gay lo... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:40:34 EST Church writes awful letter to gay man, his respons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59578735 Church writes awful letter to gay man, his response is perfect-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay man from the US was shocked to find a letter from his Church telling him they had found out he is gay. ‘Regretfully it has come to our attention that you have been engaging in a homosexual lifestyle,’ reads the letter. <BR> <BR> What follows in the letter only gets worse. A private conversation had been leaked to the Church leaders, meaning the man in question had been effectively outed. <BR> <BR> The l... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:38:34 EST Crowds demand equality at pride march in Taiwan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59578692 Crowds demand equality at pride march in Taiwan-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei, Taiwan yesterday to celebrate LGBTI pride (26 October). <BR> <BR> The proud revellers also carried a serious message of equality to parliament. They are pushing for same-sex marriage to be recognized by law. <BR> <BR> Organizers estimated 50,000 people walked the streets of Taipei in two separate routes before converging again at the end of the march. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:36:02 EST Utah Supreme Court lifts stay on same-sex adoption http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59578649 Utah Supreme Court lifts stay on same-sex adoption-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption. This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents <BR> <BR> More here: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/utah-su<BR>preme-court-lifts-stay-same-sex-adopti<BR>on241014 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:33:31 EST SF's drag scene pioneers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59571496 Getting Intimate With San Francisco’s Drag Scene Pioneers <BR> <BR> Aunt Charlie’s Lounge is a small, windowless establishment in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, an area once known for its nightlife and LGBTQ attractions. Today, the crime rate is 35 times higher than anywhere else in the city, and Aunt Charlie’s is the neighborhood’s only remaining gay bar. Still, its evening-length drag show continues, and, without a stage, the drag queens perform among the audience, making for an... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:21:53 EST Moore & Page banned from shooting lesbian romance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59563738 Julianne Moore and Ellen Page have been banned from shooting lesbian love scenes in a New York state Catholic boys’ school. <BR> <BR> The actresses are starring in civil rights film Freeheld and wanted to use the school as the town hall in which their characters – a terminally ill police detective and her car mechanic partner – apply for a domestic partnership for financial reasons. <BR> <BR> The school in New Rochelle initially approved a shoot and still photographs but retracted their per... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:24:59 EST SF's last dyke bar closes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59563722 San Francisco gentrifies out its last remaining lesbian bar <link>http://gawker.com/san-francisco-gent<BR>rifies-out-its-last-remaining-dyke-ba-<BR>1650096335 </link> <BR> <BR> San Francisco's insatiable thirst for twee cocktails and ridiculous rents has claimed its latest victim. This time, the famously gay-friendly city's last remaining lesbian bar has been forced to close its doors. <BR> <BR> SFist reports The Lexington Club, "the city's only, long-standing, dedicated bar for gay women... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:22:31 EST WATCH: Bystanders at Dallas Airport stop antigay.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59555806 WATCH: Bystanders at Dallas Airport stop antigay attack by piling on drunk bully-- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> n the video embedded below, an apparently intoxicated man attacks another passenger who he believes is gay. Within seconds, a number of bystanders leap into action to take the attacker down and hold him until police can handcuff him and lead him away. <BR> <BR> The video is dated Thursday, October 23, and shows an unnamed angry man bellowing and threatening another passenger who is wear... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:22:30 EST US Republican Louie Gohmert says gay soldiers won’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59552349 US Republican Louie Gohmert says gay soldiers won’t be ready to fight because they will need massages-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Texas Republican Louie Gohmert has told talk radio that he believes that gay soldiers will not be ready to defend against sudden attacks because they will need to get massages first before going into battle like the Ancient Greeks <BR> <BR> More here: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/us-repu<BR>blican-louie-gohmert-says-gay-soldiers<BR>-won%E2%80%99t-be-ready-fight-bec... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:12:52 EST Korea university students ban anti-gay hate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59552299 Korea university students ban anti-gay hate-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The student council of Korea University in Seoul has revised its rules to ban discrimination against LGBTI people after several homophobic incidents on campus. <BR> <BR> It is the first student body of a South Korean university to do so. <BR> <BR> Earlier this year, a placard welcoming new LGBTI students was torn down by unidentified individuals. A similar incident occured at Ewha Womans University, sparking concerns about homop... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:08:10 EST Bullied Teen Lands In Hospital After Being Beaten, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59552231 Bullied Teen Lands In Hospital After Being Beaten, School Presses Charges – Against Bullied Teen-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Almost six weeks after his brutal beating, while still recovering from a traumatic brain injury, Eric Martin walked into a Virginia courtroom last week to face two assault charges. Verbally abused, harassed and bullied since the first grade in an obviously failing school system, this kid is the poster child for "brave." Eric has decided to fight these charges, and fight them is ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:01:26 EST Saginaw VA hospital named a 'Leader in LGBT Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59552192 Saginaw VA hospital named a 'Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> SAGINAW, MI — The Aleda E. Lutz Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Saginaw has been recognized as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. <BR> <BR> The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization, according to ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:58:15 EST GOP lawmaker wants Idaho out of the marriage busin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59552161 GOP lawmaker wants Idaho out of the marriage business to protest same-sex unions-- <BR> <BR> <BR> n Idaho Republican is considering legislation that would end state-sanctioned marriage to protest the court ruling that overturned a constitutional ban on same-sex unions. <BR> <BR> State Sen. Steve Vick (R-Dalton Gardens) said he and other lawmakers are considering several options after officials in Coeur d’Alene told the owners of a for-profit wedding chapel that they must perform same-sex c... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:55:45 EST Steve Deace: Gay 'Rainbow Jihad' Put Jesus In Jail http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59552107 Steve Deace: Gay 'Rainbow Jihad' Put Jesus In Jail!-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Conservative talk show host Steve Deace is out with a column today titled “The Rainbow Jihad,” about how gay rights advocates are destroying freedom and everything good. <BR> <BR> Naturally, Deace illustrated his column with a photo that appears to be a mug shot of Jesus Christ. <BR> <BR> The image seems to suggest that gay marriage opponents will be treated like child predators: “Pursuant to S.S.M. 666.66, [prisoner] i... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:50:14 EST Alaska Republican stuns high school crowd by compa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59552070 Alaska Republican stuns high school crowd by comparing gay marriage to bulls having sex-- <BR> <BR> <BR> he longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House made a bizarre, combative appearance Tuesday morning at an Alaska high school. <BR> <BR> U.S. Rep Don Young (R-AK) used profanity and described two bulls having sex when asked about gay marriage by students at Wasilla High School, shocking students and prompting the principal to cut short the event. <BR> <BR> The 81-year-old Young drew ga... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:45:20 EST Raleigh, N.C., unanimously passes transgender work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59552039 Raleigh, N.C., unanimously passes transgender worker protections-- <BR> <BR> <BR> RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s capital city became the sixth statewide to protect transgender workers from employment discrimination. City Council members passed the revised policy unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon. <BR> <BR> The proposed policy was passed by the Council’s Human Relations Committee last month. It includes the addition of gender identity or expression along with several other en... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:43:09 EST Norfolk school pupils receive lessons in tackling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59552014 Norfolk school pupils receive lessons in tackling anti-gay bullying-- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pictured here are Year 8 pupils at Sheringham High School in Norfolk, England. To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the students took part in a pilot scheme last week for a new education pack to tackle homophobic bullying. <BR> <BR> The resource, entitled Stop Homophobic Bullying, was created by the county’s BLAH LGBTI Youth group – which has been providing support for young lesbian, gay and ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:40:55 EST Federal judge in Puerto Rico upholds ban on same- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59551969 Federal judge in Puerto Rico upholds ban on same-sex marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself depends on traditional marriage and deriding the logic of courts that have overturned such bans. The five gay couples who filed the suit will appeal, their attorney said Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Puerto-RicoThe couples had challenged the constitutionality of several lo... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:35:45 EST Chile’s LGBT movement marches united http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59551955 Chile’s LGBT movement marches united-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, Chile celebrated a historical moment: for the first time, the LGBT movement marched united to demand equal rights. Historically, there has been much reluctance to work together, but in 2013 seven organizations within the movement came together and yesterday’s march was a result of their collaboration. This signals a shift in the movement in Chile as it strives for ever greater steps toward equality. <BR> <BR> More here: http... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:34:22 EST Cher sends her love to gay teens kidnapped, tortur http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59551947 Cher sends her love to gay teens kidnapped, tortured in Russia -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Cher has paid tribute to LGBTI Russians, describing them as 'brave warriors' today (21 October). <BR> <BR> The 'Dark Lady' singer and living legend also promoted a recent documentary, Hunted, which showed the plight of gay youth suffering under the country's anti-gay laws. <BR> <BR> She tweeted: 'Sending Love 2 Our Gay Brothers & Sisters, Being Held Hostage in Russia. 'Their ONLY Crime is Being True 2Themsel... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:33:06 EST Ariana Grande renounced Catholicism for her gay... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59551905 Ariana Grande renounced Catholicism for her gay brother-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Ariana Grande has revealed she renounced Catholicism in order to support her gay brother. <BR> <BR> Her sibling, Frankie Grande, who recently appeared on Big Brother, was told by the Church that 'God didn't love him'. The 21-year-old singer then decided to turn to Kabbalah. <BR> <BR> 'When my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, "OK, that’s not cool,"' she said in an interview with Sunday Telegraph ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:29:37 EST S. Carolina Republican doubles down on calling gay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59551878 S. Carolina Republican doubles down on calling gay couples ‘Gremlins’-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Republican House candidate in South Carolina urged voters not to support Democrat Representative James Clyburn and his “gremlin” allies, The Hill reports. <BR> <BR> This story has been updated. Please see below. <BR> <BR> According to a post by Anthony Culler on Facebook, same-sex marriage is “a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:26:59 EST HRC endorses anti-HIV drug http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59551832 HRC endorses anti-HIV drug-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the US, is endorsing the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). <BR> <BR> Truvada is the only brand name anti-HIV drug approved for PrEP. 'When taken as prescribed by a knowledgeable healthcare provider, and paired with other safer sex practices, Truvada can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by upwards of 90 percent,' the organization said in a statement. <BR> <BR> In its relea... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:24:59 EST This X Factor star defended his gay mother from... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59541987 This X Factor star defended his gay mother from bullies at age 11-- <BR> <BR> <BR> An X Factor star has opened up about his childhood, saying he had to defend his gay mother from bullies. <BR> <BR> British singer Jack Walton, the 18-year-old currently competing in this year's ITV singing competition show, has revealed he has even had to leave girlfriends as they felt uncomfortable with him being brought up by two women. <BR> <BR> The guitar-playing crooner, from the mining town of Castlef... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:05:53 EST After being engaged more than a year, Lance Bass http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59541953 After being engaged for more than a year, Lance Bass and fiancé Michael Turchin finally set wedding date-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Lance Bass and his actor-model fiance Michael Turchin have been engaged for more than a year but have remained tight-lipped about an actual wedding date. <BR> <BR> Their lips are no linger sealed. <BR> <BR> The couple will be tying the knot on 20 December. <BR> <BR> Gay Star News chatted with Bass back in May about the upcoming nuptials. <BR> <BR> ‘Never in my lifeti... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:04:03 EST Obama: 'I think the Constitution calls for gay mar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59541933 Obama: 'I think the Constitution calls for gay marriage to be legal in all 50 states'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> President Barack Obama has said he believes same-sex couples should be able to marry in all 50 US states under the Constitution. <BR> <BR> The president of the US says he believes gay marriage should come under the Equal Protection Clause. <BR> <BR> Speaking to The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decisions since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeal... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:02:13 EST Partial Solar Eclipse Tonight (10/24/14) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59541739 A partial eclipse will occur over North America late this afternoon. It should be amazing for all the celestial enthusiasts. Remember: never look directly at the Sun for any reason, especially during an eclipse, as severe damage or blindness can occur. <BR> <BR> You can see the eclipse event LIVE on EarthSky: <BR> <BR> http://earthsky.org/tonight/new-moon-tak <BR> es-a-bite-out-of-the-suns-disk-on-octo <BR> ber-23 <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:47:07 EST 10.23.2014 Progress In Schools, Is It Enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59540103 We as a community have been making major strides lately and even the public school system is trying to help LGBTQ Youth, but are they really helping as much as possible? A pole of students shows that even with some improvements in place, things are still not very good t school. Students are still bullied and harassed and all too often staff members are willing to look the other way. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1x8uw.i4/VEghgUmOwDHg6jBmB<BR>5d6... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:57:52 EST Hi from So Cal :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x59536279 Hi <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Tiffanie. A am 49 y/o transgender woman. I was married 25 years before needing to resolve my gender issues. I am so very blessed that my wife has chosen to stay with me, and we are closer than ever. <BR> <BR> I had an epiphany today and realized there was likely an GLBTQ spark team (duh!!) I am happy I found this group Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:34:09 EST 10.22.2014 Parents Push Back Haters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59530225 Parents of a gay man have been receiving some nasty feedback and now they are sending a message to all the haters, I hope it gets through to people as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-roberts<BR>on/a-letter-to-the-just-because-he-bre<BR>athes-haters_b_5971808.html?utm_hp_ref<BR>=mostpopular </link> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:36:10 EST Swedish teacher sacked on the same day he called a http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59515189 Swedish teacher sacked on the same day he called a student 'fag' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Swedish teacher and photographer was sacked on the same day he dared to call a student 'fag', it was reported today (20 October). <BR> <BR> The Helsingborg schoolteacher, who has not been named in the report, was asked to take pictures of the new classes earlier this month. <BR> <BR> 'Fag number one, you can stand over here,' he allegedly shouted at one of the students. <BR> <BR> That was a big mistake. ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:20:21 EST London bus driver throws off gay couple for kissin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59515100 London bus driver throws off gay couple for kissing-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay couple are speaking out after a driver kicked them off a London bus who ranted at them for kissing. <BR> <BR> Jack James, 23, and his partner claim they were on a 89 bus near Blackheath, an area of south east London, when the driver ordered them off his bus for breaking his 'rules'. <BR> <BR> Transport for London announced they were investigating the complaint today (20 October). <BR> <BR> More here: http://www.g... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:09:16 EST 'God Loves Gays' Billboard Debuts in Westboro Bapt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59510351 'God Loves Gays' Billboard Debuts in Westboro Baptist Church Hometown-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A new billboard with the message "Gods Loves Gays" debuted Monday in Topeka, Kansas, the home city of the Westboro Baptist Church, the notorious congregation known for picketing funerals with signs bearing anti-gay slogans. <BR> <BR> "The Facebook God," a satirical Facebook page with more than 1.7 million "likes," raised more than $80,000 on the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo in order to mount the bil... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:55:35 EST ASU golfer dismissed after Ky. sodomy case arrest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59510321 ASU golfer dismissed after Ky. sodomy case arrest-- <BR> <BR> <BR> LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A 20-year-old man has been dismissed from the ASU golf team after being arrested in connection with a sodomy case in Kentucky. <BR> <BR> According to the Associated Press, authorities say a group of young men and teenagers sodomized a 15-year-old boy, critically injuring him in an attack that was recorded on video and shared among cellphones. <BR> <BR> Christian County sheriff's Capt. Chris Mille... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:53:00 EST Meet the ‘Christian’ family taking homophobia on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59510299 Meet the ‘Christian’ family taking homophobia on the road-- <BR> <BR> <BR> US LGBTI citizens have had reason to celebrate this month as one of the most conservative states has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage. Gay marriage came to Idaho on 15 October, and couples were lining up to get married by the very next day. <BR> <BR> However, staunch ‘Christian’ homophobes have been appalled by this latest equality act. One couple, Justin and Melanie Sease from Meridian, Idaho have taken to ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:51:35 EST Some State Officials Are Still Refusing to Issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59510252 Some State Officials Are Still Refusing to Issue Marriage Licenses-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Despite clear signals from the Supreme Court that it's unconstitutional to withhold marriage licenses from gay and lesbian couples, officials in at least two states are continuing to enforce marriage bans. <BR> <BR> South Carolina and Kansas are both covered by district court rulings that overturned marriage bans. In South Carolina's case, the ruling was in a case that originated in neighboring Virginia; an... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:48:28 EST Rome's mayor defies law, recognizes marriages of http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59510237 Rome's mayor defies law, recognizes marriages of 16 gay couples-- <BR> <BR> <BR> On the same day bishops in the Roman Catholic Church voted (118 to 62) to remove language that was earlier hailed as a historic warming of attitudes towards gay people, the mayor of Rome transcribed 16 same-sex couples’ marriages onto the city’s registers on Saturday although the predominantly Catholic country does not allow for the recognition of such unions. <BR> <BR> The 11 male and six female couples were ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:47:04 EST Catholic Church to Gays: ‘No, Nevermind..We Hate U http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59510213 Catholic Church to Gays: ‘No, Nevermind…We Hate You After All’-- <BR> <BR> <BR> “gifts” to offer that don’t fit in the offering plate. <BR> <BR> Earlier this week, a report issued from the annual Catholic synod (council meeting) of Bishops stood as perhaps the first real beacon of hope from Rome in the modern era. The report, hailed as “groundbreaking,” “loving” and “incredible” was essentially an open invitation to gays the world over. The preliminary report said that the church should c... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:44:56 EST Pope Francis to demote anti-gay US cardinal as... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59510166 Pope Francis to demote anti-gay US cardinal as head of Catholic Church's version of Supreme Court-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Anti-gay American Cardinal Raymond Burke is about to lose his job as head of the Roman Catholic Church's version of a Supreme Court. Burke has clashed with Pope Francis since he became head of the church last year and confirmed his demotion on Friday (17 October) to Buzzfeed News. <BR> <BR> He will go from being the church’s chief guardian of canon law to patron to the Soverei... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:42:02 EST Arizona Governor Jan Brewer finds it 'deeply troub http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59510131 Arizona Governor Jan Brewer finds it 'deeply troubling' that gay marriage has come to her state-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Same-sex marriages began taking place in Arizona on Friday (17 October) but one person not celebrating is the state's Republican governor Jan Brewer. Brewer issued a blistering statement slamming a ruling by US District Court Judge John Sedwick who found that last week's decision by The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit striking down marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho also ap... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:39:46 EST Coming Out Whispers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59502835 National Coming Out Day was first celebrated on 11 Oct 1988, exactly one year after the historic March On Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. <BR> <BR> Now in its 26th year, National Coming Out Day remains a time for both celebration and contemplation, giving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as well as their allies an opportunity to share who they are and encourage an open discussion with those who have yet to come out of the closet. <BR> <BR> As part of HuffPost Gay ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:00:27 EST TX First Trans Homecoming King! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59493994 <link>http://swaggernewyork.com/2014/10/13<BR>/texas-just-crowned-their-first-transg<BR>ender-homecoming-king/ </link> <BR> <BR> Winning homecoming king in Texas makes you teen royalty: It’s an honor that usually goes to a star football player or some other member of the popular crowd. The homecoming king at Stephen F. Austin High School this year is not a football star, however — he’s a former band geek who takes AP classes. He's also transgender. Four years ago, Mel was living as Melani... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:23:04 EST Federal Court Strikes Down Arizona Ban on Gay Marr http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59485600 Federal Court Strikes Down Arizona Ban on Gay Marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. <BR> <BR> The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge John Sedwick bars state officials from enforcing a 1996 state law and a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment that outlawed gay marriage. <BR> <BR> Sedwick said in his ruling that because the 9th Circuit Cour... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:10:48 EST Joan Rivers died after complication of lack of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59485578 Joan Rivers died after complication of lack of oxygen to brain while sedated with Propofol -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Joan Rivers died from a lack of oxygen to her brain during a medical procedure last month to deal with changes to her voice as well as problems with acid reflex. <BR> <BR> A report released today by the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner revealed that the 81-year-old entertainer sedated with Propofol during the procedure and determined what happened to be a 'therapeutic ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:07:52 EST Meet the 'submissive bear' who had his genitals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59485540 Meet the 'submissive bear' who had his genitals removed so he could have better sex-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A South Florida man says he was always embarrassed by the size of his penis so he did something to 'fit his personality'. <BR> <BR> He had it removed. <BR> <BR> The man, who uses the name Gelding, describes himself as a 'submissive bear' and says he has great sex. <BR> <BR> It all began when he was in high school, a bully on the football team teased him for having a 'baby face'. <BR> <BR... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:02:38 EST High school cancels play because of its 'gay ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59485505 High school cancels play because of its 'gay content'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Students are taking a stand after a high school cancelled a play over its 'gay content'. <BR> <BR> The pupils of Maiden High School, North Carolina were hoping to put on Almost, Maine, a play by John Cariani. <BR> <BR> The play comprises nine, short stories that explore love and loss, with one including a gay couple. <BR> <BR> Students have alleged that some parents and churches complained to the school, forcing it to... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:56:35 EST LGBT Group Blocked From Using '.gay' Domain Becaus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59485498 LGBT Group Blocked From Using '.gay' Domain Because It's Not Gay Enough-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay rights community group seeking permission to win the use of the ".gay" web domain has had its request refused by the organization in charge of internet domains because the group isn't gay enough. <BR> <BR> Slate reports that the "dotgay Initiative" has been campaigning for years to be allowed to establish an online gay community using the .gay domain, which was recently created by ICANN, the grou... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:55:11 EST Burma to launch first gay film festival http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59485490 Burma to launch first gay film festival-- <BR> <BR> Burma's first LGBTI film festival will be held next month in Rangoon to celebrate the sexual and gender diversity of the region. <BR> <BR> The &Proud LGBT Film Festival will run from 12-14 November at the French Institute and is organized by Colors Rainbow, YG Event, Equality Myanmar and several other LGBTI groups. <BR> <BR> Hla Myat Tun, program officer at Colors Rainbow, told the Irrawaddy magazine that he hopes to change perceptions of... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:53:48 EST First gay marriage in Alaska takes place in Arctic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59485484 First gay marriage in Alaska takes place in Arctic town-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A remote Arctic town has hosted Alaska's first ever legal same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> In an outpost that cannot be reached by road, a loving lesbian couple have been allowed to wed three days before their ceremony could technically be held. <BR> <BR> Kristine Hilderbrand, 30 and Sarah Ellis, 34, obtained their marriage license on Monday afternoon. As they were unable to have their friends and family fly out to them ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:52:45 EST Palau legalizes gay sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59485476 Palau legalizes gay sex-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Pacific island nation of Palau has decriminalized gay sex in a revision of its penal code. <BR> <BR> The new criminal laws came into force at the end of July but were only announced today. <BR> <BR> At Palau’s last Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, France, Norway and Spain all made recommendations that the country repeal its anti-gay laws, which were accepted by the government. <BR> <BR> This new criminal code w... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:51:36 EST Neil Patrick Harris to Host the 2015 Oscars http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59485470 Neil Patrick Harris to Host the 2015 Oscars-- <BR> <BR> <BR> "How I Met Your Mother" and "Gone Girl" star Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Academy Awards in 2015, a rep for the Oscars confirmed to ABC News. <BR> <BR> The actor also posted a video on his Twitter feed, where he says, "I'm in!" You have to click on the link on his tweet to see the video. <BR> <BR> "Nice," he continued, then he goes to look at a bucket list, where at the bottom he circles "Host the Oscars." Already cr... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:50:23 EST Queer as Folk alum Gale Harold to play gay again.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59485463 Queer as Folk alum Gale Harold to play gay again in new indie film Kiss Me, Kill Me-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Gale Harold may be straight in real life but for five season on Showtime's Queer as Folk, he convincingly played a sexually promiscuous advertising man named Brian Kinney. <BR> <BR> Harold, 45, is set to play his first gay role since Queer as Folk left the air in 2005. He is one of the stars of Kiss Me, Kill Me, an Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style whodunit set in West Hollywood. <BR> ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:48:59 EST Third Australian state moves to quash historical http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59485455 Third Australian state moves to quash historical gay sex convictions-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) looks set to join Victoria and South Australia in quashing criminal convictions for gay and bisexual men who were prosecuted over consensual sex acts prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in the state. <BR> <BR> The NSW Legislative Assembly, or Lower House of the NSW Parliament, voted today in favor of a private members bill put forward by Coogee Lib... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:47:15 EST Man throws gay lover to his death thru 3rd-story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59485435 Man throws gay lover to his death through 3rd story window in Hyderabad, India-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A 20-year-old gay man is dead after being thrown through a third story window during a lovers quarrel in the Indian city of Hyderabad in the early hours of Tuesday morning. <BR> <BR> Police had been nearby at the time of the incident and heard a scream and the sound of the body hitting the ground and spotted a broken window on the third floor of a building above where the man had fallen from. <B... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:44:32 EST Tasmania state Liberal Party branch votes to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59485423 Tasmania state Liberal Party branch votes to reiterate opposition to gay marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The membership of the Tasmanian Liberal Party State Council voted on Saturday to keep opposition to allowing same-sex couples to marry as part of its official platform, in a move that has been labelled retrograde by supporters of equality for LGBTI people. <BR> <BR> The motion voted on at the state party’s annual conference was in support of keeping the current definition of marriage in the f... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:42:29 EST New Zealand Conservative leader drops anti-gay... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59485414 New Zealand Conservative leader drops anti-gay defamation case-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The leader of the New Zealand Conservative Party, Colin Craig, has dropped a defamation suit over comments a Green Party co-leader made about his stance on gay men and women. <BR> <BR> Russel Norman told 15,000 LGBT people in Ferbruary at the Big Gay Out fair in Auckland that Craig thought 'a woman's place is in the kitchen and'a gay man's place is the closet.' <BR> <BR> Craig is a vocal opponent of gay adopti... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:41:16 EST TEST Please disregard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59477058 <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/anti-ga y-law-passed-kyrgyzstan-landslide-vote 151014 </link> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:21:08 EST US warns Kyrgyzstan over gay propaganda bill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59475784 The Embassy of the United States in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan has issued a strong statement against the Kyrgyz Government passing laws that would curtail freedom of speech by banning the expression of ‘positive attitude[s] to untraditional sexual relations among minors or in mass media.’ <BR> <BR> ‘The US Embassy notes with deep concern the advancement in the Jogorku Kenesh (Kyrgyz parliament) of legislation that fundamentally threatens human rights, Kyrgyzstan’s democratic gains and constitutiona... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:14:15 EST Russia detains eight gay activists at rally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59475734 Russia detains eight gay activists at rally-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Eight LGBTI activists were detained for 'disobedience' on Sunday at a National Coming Out Day protest in Moscow. <BR> <BR> The activists were dragged to the ground and into police cars near Sokolniki metro station even though they had the necessary permits. <BR> <BR> The Queer Russia website reported that police started checking the documents of the activists 10-15 minutes after the protest started. They said the real purpose of... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:08:34 EST North Carolina's Republican governor will support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59475722 North Carolina's Republican governor will support gay marriage: 'It's a time for healing on all sides' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory knows the battle over same-ex marriage in his state is over and said over the weekend that it is time for everyone to move forward. <BR> <BR> 'I think it's a time for healing on all sides,' the governor said during an appearance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. <BR> <BR> 'Now that the disagreement has been resolved ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:07:13 EST Erick Erickson: ‘Fat Lesbians Got All the Ebola... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59475709 Erick Erickson: ‘Fat Lesbians Got All the Ebola Dollars’ From Feds-- <BR> <BR> <BR> After a brutal ad was released in which the Agenda Project Action Fund blamed GOP budget cuts for the lack of funding for research on Ebola, Erick Erickson responded in the only way he knows how: blaming “fat lesbians.” <BR> <BR> Erickson gave examples of what he considers to be wasteful spending such as studies on gun violence. Because there is totally no gun violence in the U.S., right? He went on to wri... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:05:37 EST Scotland's first gay marriage will take place on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59475689 Scotland's first gay marriage will take place on Hogmanay-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Gay couples hoping to get married in Scotland finally have a date from when they can say their vows, following an announcement today (13 October). <BR> <BR> The first official same-sex marriages will take place in Scotland on Hogmanay, 31 December 2014. <BR> <BR> The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act will come into force on 16 December. This means any gay couple in a civil partnership can convert it int... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:03:22 EST Gay Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59475678 Gay Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio accused of sexual harassment by gay ex-staffer-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Carl DeMaio, a candidate from San Diego, California, has been accused of sexually harassing, sexually accosting, and then attempting to bribe into silence, his former campaign policy director, Todd Bosnich. <BR> <BR> DeMaio is a candidate for California's 52nd congressional district in the November 4, 2014 election, and is challenging one-term incumbent Scott Peters. <BR> <B... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:01:54 EST 10.16.2024 Feds Settle Dispute In California http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59471632 A school district in southern California has had to change their policies after the federal courts stepped in and ruled that they must allow transgender students to have proper bathroom use according to their gender and also be allowed to try out for sports according to their gender. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/15/ca<BR>lifornia-schools-transgender-complaint<BR>_n_5990516.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:38:56 EST 10.15.2014 Mormons For Gay Rights? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59464011 As strange as it sounds, there are Mormons that are trying to bring the church closer to acceptance. With the bans of many Mormon strong states being brought down recently, it could be a major step forward for everyone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1wd16.ig/VDw9DEmO8mBI7QglB<BR>0c6c </link> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:39:47 EST Married same-sex couples in Virginia are told they http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59446974 Married same-sex couples in Virginia are told they can adopt or foster children-- <BR> <BR> <BR> On Monday the US Supreme Court announced that it was not going to consider appeals from lawmakers in several states who wished to uphold same-sex marriage bans. <BR> <BR> One of the States affected by this decision was Virginia. <BR> <BR> On the day following the Supreme Court’s decision, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order directing state agencies to comply with the de... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:56:40 EST The Condom Of The Future Looks Like One People... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59446962 The Condom Of The Future Looks Like One People Would Actually Be Excited To Wear-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Even though they do so much good, sometimes condoms get a bad rap. Too small, too big, too uncomfortable, too unpleasurable, too embarrassing to buy, whatever. But that doesn't seem to be the case here, and if all goes well, it might just change safe sex as the world sees it. Or should I say ... feels it? <BR> <BR> More here: http://www.upworthy.com/the-condom-of-the-<BR>future-looks-like-one... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:55:26 EST UK supermarket 'throws out' lesbian couple for... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59446947 UK supermarket 'throws out' lesbian couple for kissing-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Angry shoppers are taking a stand after a UK supermarket told a lesbian couple to stop kissing on Coming Out Day. <BR> <BR> Sainsbury's apologized to the young couple after a security guard told them to stop being affectionate following a customer complaint. <BR> <BR> The Brighton branch store denies the couple were asked to leave. <BR> <BR> Annabelle Paige, a 22-year-old student at the University of Sussex, said she... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:53:55 EST New snail species named in honor of LGBT equality http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59446927 New snail species named in honor of slow and steady march to equality for gay people-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A new species of snail was named in honor of same-sex marriage, it was announced today (13 October). <BR> <BR> Scientists in Taiwan have paid tribute to marriage equality and diverse families by naming a new endemic land snail species after community, saying they believe this snail encapsulates everything in its shell that makes LGBTI people special. <BR> <BR> The species was long assumed... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:50:57 EST Intl. Coming Out Day event in Moscow besieged... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59446917 International Coming Out Day event in Moscow besieged by homophobes, ransacked by police for underage teens-- <BR> <BR> <BR> On October 10, homophobes attacked Sakharov Centre in Moscow and besieged it for more than two hours. Their goal was to disrupt the LGBT community event dedicated to the International Coming Out Day. Police arrived very late and instead of dispersing the offenders and ensure safety, they began to search for minors among the guests of the Sakharov Centre Museum. Despi... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:48:36 EST ‘Grow a spine!’: Huckabee explodes at GOP for,,, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59446906 ‘Grow a spine!’: Huckabee explodes at GOP for giving up as gays break ‘nature’s law’ of marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Fox News host Mike Huckabee lashed out at the Republican Party over the weekend for essentially conceding that the issue of same-sex marriage had been decided. <BR> <BR> On the Saturday edition of his show following the Supreme Court’s decision not to reverse decisions that struck down same-sex marriage bans in five states, Huckabee accused Republicans of allowing judicial act... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:46:26 EST Federal judge rules against Alaska's same-sex marr http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59446895 Federal judge rules against Alaska's same-sex marriage ban-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A federal judge in Alaska ruled the US state's marriage ban is unconstitutional <BR> <BR> According to local news station KTUU, District Court Judge Timothy Burgess issued his summary judgment today, 12 October, in the case Hamby et al. v. Parnell et al. <BR> <BR> The judge argued keeping LGBTI couples from marriage was a violation of the US Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment, guaranteeing equal protection under ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:44:52 EST US marine detained in slaying of Philippines trans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59446881 US marine detained in slaying of Philippines trans woman-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A US marine has been detained in the murder of a Philippine transgender woman. <BR> <BR> Jennifer Laude Sueselbeck, 26, was found dead on Saturday night with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city. <BR> <BR> Media reports say she checked into the hotel at 11pm with a 'male, white foreigner' and her body was discovered by a cleaner at 11.45pm. <BR> <BR> Police said there were signs of strangulation. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:43:33 EST Cardinal says gay couples shouldn't be invited to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59446868 Cardinal says gay couples shouldn't be invited to family gatherings if children are present-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A leading Vatican cardinal has given an interview in which he says parents should not allow their children to have contact with gay people who engage in ‘wrong, evil’ and ‘intrinsically disordered’ relationships. <BR> <BR> Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments come during Pope Francis’ Synod of the Family in Rome, in which senior catholic figures have gathered from around the world to d... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:42:08 EST State of the states http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59435593 It sure has been exciting trying to keep up with all of the updates about marriage equality this week! Here's a map showing all 29 states in which same-sex couples now have the freedom to marry: <link>www.freedomtomarry.org/states/ </link> <BR> <BR> In 29 states - CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, ID, IA, IL, IN, ME, MD, MA, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV and WI, plus Washington, D.C. - same-sex couples have the freedom to marry. <BR> <BR> In an additional six states - ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:36:00 EST ID Governor Butch Otter pledges to keep fighting.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59433276 Idaho Governor Butch Otter pledges to keep fighting to uphold state's gay marriage ban-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Idaho's Governor Butch Otter, who is up for reelection, has pledged to continue to defend his state's ban on gay marriage. <BR> <BR> The ban, passed eight years ago, was declared unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week but that ruling is being appealed by the state. <BR> <BR> Same-sex marriages could have begun as early as Wednesday this week but Otter's office ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:06:34 EST SCOTUS: Same-sex couples can begin... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59433262 US Supreme Court: Same-sex couples can begin getting married in Idaho-- <BR> <BR> <BR> At the end of an extraordinary week on the gay marriage front, Idaho on Friday became the latest state in the US where same-sex couples can get married. <BR> <BR> The US Supreme Court turned down the state's request for a reprieve on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples following this week's ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. <BR... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:04:21 EST Anti-gay Georgian opera star cancels gay rights... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59433241 Anti-gay Georgian opera star cancels gay rights charity concert-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Georgian opera star Tamar Iveri, who described Pride as for the 'fecal masses', has cancelled her apology performance to the LGBTI community planned for today (11 October). <BR> <BR> Earlier this year, the singer was dropped from a performance at Opera Australia after a homophobic rant appeared on her official Facebook page. <BR> <BR> The rant praised Georgians for spitting at a LGBTI Pride parade and compare... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:02:02 EST US approves pricey new pill against hepatitis C http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59433231 US approves pricey new pill against hepatitis C-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Washington (AFP) - US regulators on Friday approved Harvoni, a daily pill to treat hepatitis C that is simpler to administer than long-standing treatments but that carries a steep price tag. <BR> <BR> The combination pill made by California-based Gilead Sciences was shown in trials to cure up to 99 percent of patients within two to three months. <BR> <BR> But Harvoni's price is set at $94,500 for a 12-week course of treatmen... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:59:59 EST Thom Tillis says most North Carolinians are agains http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59433211 Thom Tillis says most North Carolinians are against gay marriage. He couldn’t be more wrong-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Thursday night, in a debate for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat, Republican nominee Thom Tillis was asked about the state’s constitutional amendment against gay marriage. The amendment, enacted through a 2012 ballot measure, has been tied up in court. Tillis, the speaker of the state House of Representatives, said he would defend the amendment because “60 percent of the people of N... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:58:04 EST The Sleeper and the Spindle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59427266 It was recently announced that Neil Gaiman’s new project, a children’s book called The Sleeper and the Spindle, would feature a kiss between two female characters. Like most of Gaiman’s previous work, this book promises to be full of twists and surprises. <BR> <BR> The Sleeper and The Spindle written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell comes out on October 23rd. <link>www.afterellen.com/master-of-dreams/<BR>10/2014/ </link> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:11:59 EST New Zealand Conservative leader drops anti-gay... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59419783 New Zealand Conservative leader drops anti-gay defamation case-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The leader of the New Zealand Conservative Party, Colin Craig, has dropped a defamation suit over comments a Green Party co-leader made about his stance on gay men and women. <BR> <BR> Russel Norman told 15,000 LGBT people in Ferbruary at the Big Gay Out fair in Auckland that Craig thought 'a woman's place is in the kitchen and'a gay man's place is the closet.' <BR> <BR> Craig is a vocal opponent of gay adopti... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:29:00 EST Hi-tech images point to chinks in HIV's armour http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59419773 Hi-tech images point to chinks in HIV's armour-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Paris (AFP) - In a boost for the long and frustrating quest for an AIDS vaccine, researchers on Wednesday unveiled molecular imaging of an elusive feature that helps HIV infect immune cells. <BR> <BR> In papers published in the journals Science and Nature, US specialists described the structure and actions of the "spike" on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which enables it to penetrate CD4 cells. <BR> <BR> HIV is studde... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:27:45 EST Gay rights groups hail new Catholic tone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59419763 Gay rights groups hail new Catholic tone-- <BR> <BR> <BR> VATICAN CITY (AP) — Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward homosexuals, encouraged that Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to bishops debating family issues at a Vatican meeting this <BR> <BR> There is no discussion that church doctrine on homosexuality will change or that the Vatican will soon endorse gay marriage or even gay unions. It will not, ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:25:59 EST Cardinal says Catholic Church will never bless gay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59419749 Cardinal says Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A leading Vatican cardinal said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage, wading into a controversy over the issue in Italy and other countries. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano ordered mayors to stop recognizing the validity of gay marriages performed outside the country, prompting protests from rights groups and local officials. <... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:23:59 EST An 'utterly exasperated' Mike Huckabee threatens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59419723 An 'utterly exasperated' Mike Huckabee threatens to leave Republicans over gay marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> In a week that saw marriage equality enjoy unprecedented gains in the US, former Arkansas Governor Mark Huckabee is accusing the Republican Party's leadership of throwing in the towel on the issue. <BR> <BR> Huckabee, an unsuccessful candidate for the party's presidential nomination in 2008, is so livid that he is threatening to become an Independent. <BR> <BR> 'I'm utterly exasperated... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:20:29 EST Indiana trooper pulled over woman to ask if she’d http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59416252 Indiana trooper pulled over woman to ask if she’d accepted Jesus Christ as her savior: lawsuit-- <BR> <BR> <BR> An Indiana woman says a state trooper pulled her over this summer and asked if she had accepted Jesus Christ as her personal lord and savior. <BR> <BR> Ellen Bogan said she was stopped in August by Indiana State Trooper Brian Hamilton, who asked whether she had a home church and handed her a pamphlet asking her to “acknowledge she is a sinner.” <BR> <BR> “It’s completely out of ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:47:47 EST Tom Daley: 'Football will accept openly gay player http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59416205 Tom Daley: 'Football will accept openly gay player'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Tom Daley believes any footballer would be surprised by the amount of support they would receive if they chose to come out. <BR> <BR> The 20-year-old Olympic diver, who came out last December on YouTube, has said he believes soccer will be more accepting than people realise. <BR> <BR> There are only two professional gay soccer players in the entire world. Anton Hysén, who is playing for Myrtle Beach FC, a fourth-tier lev... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:45:08 EST South Carolina court issues marriage license for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59416185 South Carolina court issues marriage license for same-sex couple despite state ban-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The decision by Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon to issue the license follows Monday’s ruling by the US Supreme Court, in which it refused to take up appeals from five states that wish to uphold their bans on same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> These were Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The decision effectively legalized same-sex marriage in those states. <BR> <BR> Ho... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:44:00 EST Montenegro's 2nd ever Pride to be held in secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59416145 Montenegro's second ever Pride to be held in secret -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Montenegro's second ever Pride will be held in secret over fears of attack. <BR> <BR> The location will be kept private until the day itself in an attempt to protect the marchers. It will be held somewhere in the capital on 2 November. <BR> <BR> Last year, around 100 people marched in the capital Podgorica in the southeastern European country's first ever celebration of the LGBTI community. <BR> <BR> But hundreds of ho... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:41:12 EST Black America wants gay weddings protected from... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59416121 Black America wants gay weddings protected from discrimination despite opposing gay marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Even though only around 4 in 10 African Americans support same-sex marriage, new research has found that a majority of them still feel that it is wrong for businesses to be legally able to refuse to provide goods and services to gay couples who are getting married. <BR> <BR> The Pew Research Center found that 61% of the African Americans they surveyed agreed that it was wrong for f... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:39:24 EST Estonia becomes the first former Soviet republic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59416084 Estonia becomes the first former Soviet republic to recognize same-sex partnerships-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Members of the Estonian Parliament today voted in favour of a gender-neutral civil partnership bill. <BR> <BR> The bill was first introduced back in the spring by 40 MPs drawn from three of the four parties in the Parliament, known as the Riigikogu. <BR> <BR> The bill had the support of both the leaders of the country’s ruling coalition government: the Reform Party and Social Democrats. Ho... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:35:36 EST London university disbands anti-gay rugby club http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59416049 London university disbands anti-gay rugby club-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The London School of Economics has disbanded its men’s rugby club after members distributed leaflets containing anti-gay and sexist slurs that 'brought shame' on the university. <BR> <BR> LSE Men's Rugby Club handed out leaflets at freshers' fair that said the team would not tolerate 'outright homosexual debauchery' and referred to women as 'mingers,' 'trollops' and 'slags.' <BR> <BR> More here: http://www.gaystarnews.com/ar... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:33:06 EST Texas news station tweets out gay porn instead of http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59416016 Texas news station tweets out gay porn instead of the traffic report-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Looks like things are getting hot and steamy in Texas. <BR> <BR> News station TWC had spent the day tweeting out the usual thing of weather reports, news stories and traffic updates. <BR> <BR> But one traffic update was a little bit more hot and heavy than the usual diversion notice. <BR> <BR> Late Wednesday (8 October), the channel's Twitter feed accidentally sent out a collage of gay porn images. <BR>... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:31:03 EST Parents start petition of protest over English... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59415984 Parents start petition of protest over English primary school's new gender-neutral toilets-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Boys and girls, aged between 4 and 11, returned from their summer break last month to discover that they were now able to share toilet facilities at Harbour Primary and Nursery School in Church Hill, Newhaven, East Sussex. <BR> <BR> When pupils reported this change to their parents, some complained to the school about not being notified in advance. <BR> <BR> This prompted a letter o... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:28:24 EST Italy minister orders stop to registration of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59415958 Italy minister orders stop to registration of foreign gay marriages-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said yesterday he would stop the registration of gay marriages contracted abroad because it was against the law. <BR> <BR> He told RTL radio station that he had sent out a circular ordering cities to remove gay marriages from their registries, and if they did not comply the government would step in and annul them. <BR> <BR> He said, 'In Italy, same-sex marriage is... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:26:58 EST Duck Dynasty star: You can't get STDs from 'Biblic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59415940 Duck Dynasty star: You can't get STDs from 'Biblically correct' sex-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson is at it again, claiming the only way to protect yourself from STDs is to have 'Biblically correct' sex'. <BR> <BR> According to Raw Story, Robertson delivered a sermon at White's Ferry Road Church in Louisiana claiming heterosexual sex is the only way to stay 'safe'. <BR> <BR> 'Biblically correct sex is safe,' Robertson said. <BR> <BR> 'It's safe. You're not going to get ch... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:25:31 EST Alabama pastor confesses: I’ve been having sex wit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59415913 Alabama pastor confesses: I’ve been having sex with church members — and I have AIDS-- <BR> <BR> <BR> he pastor of an Alabama Baptist church has confessed that he knowingly exposed women congregants to HIV by having sex with them while ill with AIDS. <BR> <BR> Montgomery’s WSFA Channel 12 reported that now ex-Pastor Juan Demetrius McFarland of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church made a series of revelations to the congregation in sermons that have left parishioners shaken, angry and conf... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:22:52 EST Three gay men forced to work as sex slaves in US http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59415900 Three gay men forced to work as sex slaves in US freed-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Three Hungarian men face trafficking charges after they lured three young gay men to work as ‘sex slaves’ for up to 20 hours a day in New York and Miami since 2012. <BR> <BR> Gabor Acs, 31, Viktor Berki, 28, and Andras Janos Vass, 24, were charged in Miami-Dade state court with human trafficking, racketeering and deriving support from prostitution on Friday. <BR> <BR> They recruited two of the men on the Gay Romeo dat... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:21:14 EST Bryan Fischer freaks out over Supreme Court inacti http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59415872 Bryan Fischer freaks out over Supreme Court inaction on ‘sodomy-based marriage’-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Conservative Christians like the American Fammily Association’s Bryan Fischer were up in arms on Monday after the Supreme Court decided not to consider appeals in five states that sought to restore bans on marriage equality. <BR> <BR> Right Wing Watch reported that Fischer devoted two segments of his show to criticizing the court’s inaction. <BR> <BR> “This decision not to decide, this action ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:18:34 EST Readers Revolt Against Newspaper for Running Tea.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59415850 Readers Revolt Against Newspaper for Running Tea Party Hate Ad Against Transgender Children-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we noted MSNBC’s segment on a transgender-friendly sports proposal in Minnesota (that got shelved because of mindless bigotry and the underdeveloped morality of the religious right), and acknowledged how MSNBC set the bar relatively high in contrast with the other media networks. Today, the City Pages blogs reports on the advertisement that started it all — the Star Tribune... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:17:01 EST Internal disagreement on same-sex marriage a http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59415776 Internal disagreement on same-sex marriage a political problem for U.S. Republicans-- <BR> <BR> <BR> NEW YORK — As same-sex marriage cases cascade through the federal courts, Republican politicians find themselves awkwardly split into three camps. <BR> <BR> There’s a small but growing number who favor legalizing gay marriage, a hard-core faction that continues to denounce it, and a sizable group in between that seems to wish the issue would disappear. <BR> <BR> At one end of the spectrum,... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:09:48 EST 10.9.2014 major Win In Kenya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59404431 A key moment has happened in Kenya, a transgender woman has won a victory allowing her paperwork for school to legally be changed to reflect that she is a woman. No other place in the area has done that before and with things as bad as they are for the LGBTQ Community there, it is a big win! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1vxhi.ij/VDWsUkmOpiNmThDJB<BR>54f0 </link> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 06:45:25 EST 10.8.2014 Some States Still Fighting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59394388 Even after the federal courts struck down the bans against equal marriage, some of the more extreme states are fighting to the end before they allow marriage equality to happen. Kansas, Wyoming and South Carolina just to name a few are unwilling to issue a marriage license until they are forced to do so. I hope they see the light. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/07/ga<BR>y-marriage-legal_n_5949454.html?utm_hp<BR>_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices </link> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 06:57:36 EST Supreme Court Denies to Review Pending Gay Marriag http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59374453 Supreme Court Denies to Review Pending Gay Marriage Cases-- <BR> <BR> The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. <BR> <BR> The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. No other state cases were currently pending with the high court, but the justices stopped short of resolving for now the question ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:08:21 EST Straight world-famous boxer makes headlines for... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59373750 Straight world-famous boxer makes headlines for supporting for LGBT equality in Poland-- <BR> <BR> <BR> 'I am an ally of LGBT people, because I want to live in a country where my gay friends are not discriminated against,' declared Dariusz Michalczewski, a world-famous pugilist, in a photo to support a prominent gay rights group, Shoulder to Shoulder on Equality — LGBT and Friends in Poland. <BR> <BR> Michalczewski, who is known as Tiger and has an energy drink named after his nickname, re... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:26:25 EST Spain's Catalonia region passes 'world's most.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59373726 Spain's Catalonia region passes 'world's most pioneering laws against homophobia'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital city, on Thursday passed a controversial law to protect lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGTB) from homophobic attacks. <BR> <BR> Calling it the 'world's most pioneering laws against homophobia', the state-run Catalan News Agency (ACN) reports that it includes fines for homophobic behavior at the work place a... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:24:42 EST Anti-gay Oregon bakery faces $150,000 fine for... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59373664 Anti-gay Oregon bakery faces $150,000 fine for refusing service to lesbian couple-- <BR> <BR> <BR> An Oregon bakery which refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple is facing a fine for $150,000 - which could leave them bankrupt. <BR> <BR> Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, had refused to serve a lesbian bride-to-be in January 2013 because of their religious beliefs. <BR> <BR> State investigators found this was a violation of the lesbian couples... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:19:57 EST Michelle Obama endorses openly gay Maine governor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59373641 Michelle Obama endorses openly gay Maine governor candidate Mike Michaud-- <BR> <BR> <BR> First lady Michelle Obama has given her backing to openly gay Maine governor candidate Mike Michaud. <BR> <BR> Speaking to an audience at the University of Maine to encourage women and young people to vote on Friday (3 October), Obama said: ‘[If] we bring others along with us then I know we can keep on making that change we can believe in then we can elect Mike Michaud as governor of Maine and I know ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:18:11 EST Couple who had wedding disrupted by shouts of 'Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59373583 Couple who had wedding disrupted by shouts of 'Go home fags!' to return to California town for do-over ceremony -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Arizona couple Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson are returning to the resort town of Coronado in California to get married - again. <BR> <BR> But this time, they don't that expect any anonymous anti-gay hecklers will try and disrupt things. <BR> <BR> That's because residents, merchants and leaders of the San Diego-area tourist destination have banded together... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:13:59 EST Transgender girl crowned homecoming princess http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59367234 A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school. <BR> <BR> Scarlett Lenh received the majority of the votes from her junior class at Sand Creek High School, besting three biological girls for the honor. The 16-year-old began identifying as a transgender girl this school year and began using the girls' bathroom. She said she's known she was a girl since about age 7 or 8. <BR> <BR> "It was really exciting. It felt really good. I couldn't stop smiling," Sca... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 16:38:18 EST Kindness challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x59356544 There's still time to join the 21-Day Kindness Challenge! <link>www.kindspring.org/challenge/ </link> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:54:34 EST Catholic University of America cancels screening http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59350109 Catholic University of America cancels screening of film about gay icon Harvey Milk-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A planned screening of the 2008 film Milk starring Sean Penn as slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk has been canceled by Catholic University of America under a cloud of controversy. <BR> <BR> The university claimed this week that the event tp be presented by College Democrats violated its policy because of the size of rainbow flags on fliers which also described it as a way to 'Kick ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:22:05 EST Gay couple flees Azerbaijan after death threats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59350085 Gay couple flees Azerbaijan after death threats-- <BR> <BR> <BR> BAKU: A gay couple fled Azerbaijan after reports of their engagement sparked abuse and death threats in the tightly-controlled ex-Soviet country, one of the men said today. <BR> <BR> “We became targets for homophobes after media picked up from my Facebook page photos of a small engagement ceremony we held in Sumgait,” Javid Nabiyev told AFP. <BR> <BR> Sumgait is an industrial city on the shores of the Caspian Sea. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:19:38 EST Missouri Judge Sides With Married Same-Sex Couples http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59350077 Missouri Judge Sides With Married Same-Sex Couples-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Missouri must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states, a state judge ruled Friday, saying the state's constitution and laws banning the unions are unconstitutional. <BR> <BR> The order by Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs means that such couples would be eligible to sign up for a wide range of tax, health insurance, veterans and other benefits now afforded to opposite-sex cou... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:18:08 EST Kenya school suspends 11 girls for 'lesbianism' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59350069 Kenya school suspends 11 girls for 'lesbianism'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A private girls school in Kenya has suspended 11 students for exchanging kisses and love letters. <BR> <BR> The students from Linet Girls’ High School in Nyandarua county denied the allegations. <BR> <BR> The school's director, Ezekiel Ng’ang’a, told the People Daily that 40 girls, aged 14-17, were involved in an 'illicit love affair' and school authorities suspended 11 of the older girls on Monday. <BR> <BR> Six have since... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:16:18 EST Two UK teens sentenced for anti-gay assault http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344694 Two UK teens sentenced for anti-gay assault-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Two UK teens have been ordered to give away their pocket money after they sentenced for an anti-gay assault. <BR> <BR> The pair from Battle, East Sussex - around 30 miles east of Brighton - attacked a man and used homophobic slurs on 14 March this year. <BR> <BR> As they are aged 15 and 16, they cannot be named for legal reasons. They have both been ordered pay a total of £200 ($320, €260). <BR> <BR> This included compensation ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:15:59 EST Australia gay marriage bill delayed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344674 Australia gay marriage bill delayed-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm has said he will postpone his gay marriage bill but he is still committed to introducing the legislation 'in a matter of weeks or months.' <BR> <BR> The Liberal Democrat told the Australian newspaper that he will temporarily delay his Freedom to Marry bill, which was due this week, because of advice from the major parties. <BR> <BR> He said, ‘Both sides of politics have suggested to me that timing thi... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:14:26 EST White Ohio lesbians suing sperm bank over mixed-ra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344653 White Ohio lesbians suing sperm bank over mixed-race baby-- <BR> <BR> <BR> lesbian couple in Unionstown, Ohio is suing a sperm bank for mistakenly sending them sperm donated by an African-American man when they wanted to have an all-white baby. <BR> <BR> According to the Chicago Tribune, Jennifer Cramblett and her partner Amanda Zinkon sued the Midwest Sperm Bank in Cook County Circuit Court on Monday for a mix-up that has left the couple raising a now 2-year-old mixed-race daughter in an ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:12:55 EST The gay man called a terrorist for trying to save http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344622 The gay man called a terrorist for trying to save whales-- <BR> <BR> <BR> For over a decade, openly gay former TV presenter Sigursteinn Másson has been at the forefront of attempts to rid Iceland of whaling. <BR> <BR> While his work for gay human rights was applauded, his attempts to save some of the world’s most magnificent creatures from a grizzly death initially saw him dubbed a traitor and even a terrorist by some in his home country. <BR> <BR> Másson, 47, who works for the Internatio... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:11:31 EST Philippines largest city passes gay anti-hate law http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344576 Philippines largest city passes gay anti-hate law-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Quezon City Council on Monday approved a city ordinance banning discrimination against LGBTI people. <BR> <BR> The law was passed unanimously by more than 30 city councilors after a marathon eight-hour session. <BR> <BR> 'This is very special and better than other ordinances, because it not only penalizes actions, but there is also affirmative action. This is an early gift ahead of the QC pride march in December,' Ging Cri... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:08:03 EST California becomes first state in US to ban 'panic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344552 California becomes first state in US to ban 'panic defense' against gay and trans victims-- <BR> <BR> <BR> California has become the first state in the US to ban the so-called 'panic defense' that has been used successfully by some defendants in court. <BR> <BR> Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill which eliminates the excuse that a person was 'panicked' into committing a killing or assaulting a gay or trans person during a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion. <BR> <BR> Some d... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:06:16 EST Denmark marks 25 years since becoming the first to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59344529 Denmark marks 25 years since becoming the first to legally recognize gay unions-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Denmark is celebrating its Silver Anniversary of legally recognizing same-sex couples with civil partnerships this week – marking 25 years since it became the first country in the world to provide legal recognition of same-sex relationships. <BR> <BR> On 1 October, 1989 the first 11 Danish same-sex couples were wed through civil ceremonies at the Copenhagen Town Hall by the then deputy mayor of... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:04:38 EST Neil Patrick Harris talks about his Italian weddin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59344510 Neil Patrick Harris talks about his Italian wedding: 'Take that George Clooney!'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> George Clooney's Italian wedding may have gotten all of the attention over the weekend but Neil Patrick Harris points out that he got married in Italy first. <BR> <BR> 'Take that Clooney! I don't see you showing pictures of your wedding on talk shows!' Harris joked Monday (29 September) during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. <BR> <BR> Harris and his partner of 10 years Da... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:03:20 EST Poll finds Utahns are split on same-sex marriage, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59344477 Poll finds Utahns are split on same-sex marriage, but most agree Supreme Court should settle it-- <BR> <BR> <BR> SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah) – A new poll finds opinions are shifting on same-sex marriage in Utah. <BR> <BR> The poll conducted by Benenson Strategy Group for Freedom to Marry indicates Utahns are more accepting of the idea than they were 10 years ago. <BR> <BR> That's when 66% of voters passed Amendment 3, defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:01:06 EST Studies reveal how many children are being raised http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59344448 Studies reveal how many children are being raised by LGBT people in the US -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Two new studies conducted by the Williams Institute have thrown light on the size of the LGBT community in the US, as well as the number of people in same-sex marriages and raising children. <BR> <BR> The Williams Institute is a respected LGBTI think tank based at UCLA Law School, which is dedicated to carrying out independent research on sexuality, gender identity and public policy in the US. <BR>... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:59:06 EST Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell have heated fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59344417 Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell have heated fight on set of The View-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Less than two weeks into their stint as co-hosts on The View, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell had a heated fight during a commercial break. <BR> <BR> The war of words occurred during the taping of the show last Thursday (25 September) when moderator Goldberg reportedly cut O'Donnell off during the show's Hot topics segment to go to a commercial, according to Daily Mail. <BR> <BR> When the show we... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:57:11 EST Gay-bashed VA teen charged with assault after... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344356 Gay-bashed VA teen charged with assault after attack that left him in hospital for 9 days-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Virginia high school boy who spent nine days in the hospital after a brutal antigay attack is being charged with assault because he reportedly snapped and made the mistake of throwing the first punch. <BR> <BR> Richmond’s Channel 12 News reported that Eric Martin was attacked by at least four other boys who left him with a serious concussion and multiple broken bones. <BR> <BR> “A h... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:53:22 EST Boy attacked, gay rights activist charged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344332 Boy attacked, gay rights activist charged-- <BR> <BR> <BR> An HIV-positive Ottawa man who was recently acquitted of not disclosing his status to a sex partner, has been hit with new sex and extortion raps in connection with a 16-year-old boy. <BR> <BR> Elliott Youden, 33, a gay rights activist, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and extortion. <BR> <BR> Police said the charges come after officers were called to St. Patrick St., in the Lowertown area, shortly after 9:30 p.m. S... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:51:25 EST Russia scraps US student exchange after gay couple http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344308 Russia scraps US student exchange after gay couple adopts teen-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Russia has suspended a long-running student exchange program with the US after a teenager stayed in the country under the guardianship of a gay couple. <BR> <BR> The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) had helped the couple bypass laws banning adoptions from countries that recognize gay marriage, and had not respected the 'moral and ethical principles of ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:49:35 EST MPAA accused of homophobia over restrictive movie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344286 MPAA accused of homophobia over restrictive movie rating for LGBT drama ‘Pride’-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) handed the Cannes film festival hit an NC-17, which means no one under the age of 17 can legally view it in cinemas. The move prompted fury from campaigners and fans of Matthew Warchus’s film, which tells how gay and lesbian activists threw their support behind a Welsh mining community during the strike of 1984. “It is outrageous, knee-jerk homoph... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:47:36 EST Gay Texas judge refuses to wed straight couples http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344269 Gay Texas judge refuses to wed straight couples-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Catholic priests have refused to marry same-sex couples for years. Judge Tonya Parker (Dallas County) Now, a Texas judge has an answer to that, saying she will not marry straight couples until gay marriage is legal in the state. <BR> <BR> Judge Tonya Parker of Dallas County told the Dallas Voice that she respectfully tells couples why she can’t conduct their marriage ceremony: <BR> <BR> “I'm sorry. I don't perform marriag... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:45:52 EST Facebook apologizes to LGBT users, reverses ground http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344244 Facebook apologizes to LGBT users, reverses ground on ‘real name’ policy-- <BR> <BR> <BR> n executive for social media giant Facebook apologized to users from the LGBT communities on Wednesday for the company’s recent push toward forcing users to use their “real names,” attributing it to the actions of a “bad actor,” Mashable reported. <BR> <BR> “In the two weeks since the real-name policy issues surfaced, we’ve had the chance to hear from many of you in these communities and understand th... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:43:41 EST 216 gay murders in Brazil this year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344216 216 gay murders in Brazil this year-- <BR> <BR> <BR> At least 216 LGBTI people have been murdered this year in Brazil where homophobia is not a crime. <BR> <BR> The data was collected by the Gay Group of Bahia from January to 29 September and is based on police records and news reports as there are no official statistics. <BR> <BR> The region with the most cases was the Northeast (43%) and the city with more cases per capita was Cuiabá, with 0.03 homicides per 1,000 inhabitants. <BR> <BR... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:40:10 EST MN man upset over hand-holding in gay bar shoots http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344174 MN man upset over hand-holding in gay bar shoots couple with BB gun, shouts Bible verses-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Minnesota man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly shouted Bible verses and shot a BB gun at a gay couple because they were holding hands. <BR> <BR> Tyler Erickson told KMSP that he had worked security at the Saloon, a well-known gay bar in Minneapolis, for five years and had never seen the type of hate crime that occurred last Thursday night. <BR> <BR> “Usually our issues ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:35:41 EST Leaflets posted through UK doors calling for gays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344123 Leaflets posted through UK doors calling for gays to be killed: But what is going on?-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Hate groups hoping to incite violence against British LGBTI people may be targeting UK pride events. <BR> <BR> That's what Gay Star News has discovered after investigating the distribution of homophobic leaflets last weekend in Lincoln, Preston and Chester – three regional English towns. <BR> <BR> The leaflets, which appear to use the same, or similar text, as pamphlets that first appear... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:31:07 EST 30,000 march against gay marriage in Mexico http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59344105 30,000 march against gay marriage in Mexico-- <BR> <BR> <BR> An estimated 30,000 people marched on Sunday in Coahuila to protest the Mexican state's new gay marriage law. <BR> <BR> The march was organized by the Christ Lives group in the state capital Saltillo, a week after the first gay couples were married in the northern state. <BR> <BR> Pastor Carlos Pacheco, director of the evangelical Christian group, led the march carrying a large Bible while activists distributed pamphlets on gay ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:29:05 EST 10.2.2014 LGBTQ History Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59331526 It is that time of year again. Will you be doing anything big this month? I hope we have more good news for the community to announce this month and also the rest of the year. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 06:41:48 EST 10.1.2014 Behind Bars With Your Abuser http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59319720 When a transgender women was wrongly placed in a mens prison, she naturally requested to be put into protective custody to avoid the obvious problems that would happen. When she was moved, she was placed in a cell with her rapist! This is just wrong beyond words. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/jtes/a-transgender-<BR>woman-says-she-was-locked-in-a-cell-wi<BR>th-her-r#7t948o </link> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:08:43 EST 9.30: Do you want to adopt babies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59313583 How many couples or singles out there want to adopt a child? How many of you have already adopted. Tell us your story. <BR> <BR> <link>www.realjock.com/gayforums/3921795 </link> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:34:36 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x59313247 Hello, <BR> My name is Kathy. I'm also on My Fitness Pal, I do my counting there but I checked out my old account on here and had forgotten about all the great resources etc.! I have joined this group because I have (a few years ago) finally admitted my bisexuality to myself. I'm not really "out" per say because how does a hetero married mother of two do that? People just assume and it doesn't really come up. So just kind of in the I'm not going to deny it mode and any opportunity to fi... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:53:15 EST Russia's Highest Court Upholds So-Called LGBT Prop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59302903 Russia's Highest Court Upholds So-Called LGBT Propaganda Law-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Russia's highest court upheld the country's ban on so-called LGBT propaganda last week, claiming it was necessary to prevent children from being recruited into non-heterosexual society. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.advocate.com/world/2014/09/28/ru<BR>ssias-highest-court-upholds-so-called-<BR>lgbt-propaganda-law </link> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:58:06 EST Russian gay festival defies police and thugs to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59302893 Russian gay festival defies police and thugs to show how strong LGBTIs really are-- <BR> <BR> 16 people were hospitalized after being gassed and police tried to force venues to shut the event down but that didn't stop them. <BR> <BR> More here: <BR> <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/russian-<BR>gay-festival-defies-police-and-thugs-s<BR>how-how-strong-lgbtis-really-are290914 </link> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:56:39 EST Minnesota newspaper criticized for running full- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59302887 Minnesota newspaper criticized for running full-page anti-trans advert-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Minnesota Star Tribune – the most widely-read newspaper in the state – has been widely criticized by users of social media for publishing a full-page advert on Sunday that many readers consider to be anti-transgender. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/minnesot<BR>a-newspaper-criticized-running-full-pa<BR>ge-anti-trans-advert290914 </link> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:55:28 EST Louisiana church fears gay wedding ceremonies so http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59302874 Louisiana church fears gay wedding ceremonies so it boots AA just to be safe-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Louisiana church has told a local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) chapter that it can no longer hold meetings at the facility in an attempt to prevent LGBT people from getting married. <BR> <BR> In a letter to the Keithville AA group, Westwood Baptist Church advised that the organization would need to find a new place to meet starting on Oct. 1, 2014, according to KSLA. <BR> <BR> More here: <link... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:54:01 EST Serbia holds first Gay Pride march in four years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59302859 Serbia holds first Gay Pride march in four years thanks to riot police and water cannons-- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Belgrade was placed under lockdown last night as Serbia’s first Gay Pride march in four years took place under the watchful eye of tanks and special forces. <BR> <BR> The activists were able to advance several hundred metres through the deserted city-centre streets, but only thanks to the protection of thousands of riot police, water cannons and helicopters. <BR> <BR> It was a r... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:52:09 EST Homophobia Increasing in US: Half of All Americans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59299028 Homophobia Increasing in US: Half of All Americans Believe Being Gay is a Sin-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Homophobia appears to be increasing in the US, with half of all Americans now believing that being gay is a sin. <BR> <BR> A survey of over 2,000 Americans, conducted by the Pew Research Centre, looked at public attitudes about religion in public life. <BR> <BR> It found there was a 5% drop in support for gay marriage in comparison to results from February. Findings showed 49% are in favour of g... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:42:49 EST Pamphlet shows parents how to teach kids about... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59299004 Pamphlet shows parents how to teach kids about homosexuality without turning them gay-- <BR> <BR> <BR> he Friendly Atheist reports that the conservative group Focus on the Family has released a pamphlet that teaches Christian parents how to talk about children about homosexuality without turning them gay. <BR> <BR> The pamphlet, by Jeff Johnston and titled “How to Talk To Your Children About Homosexuality,” is explicitly not designed for parents of homosexual children — those parents are s... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:40:42 EST Republican group supporting gay rights runs ad for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59298983 Republican group supporting gay rights runs ad for Charlie Dent-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Republican Congressman Charlie Dent's supportive comments on same-sex marriage earlier this year have earned him a little outside advertising help.. <BR> <BR> Dent isn't facing an opponent this fall, but the American Unity PAC still chipped in, paying $50,000 for a 30-second television spot that ran in his Lehigh Valley-based district Sept. 9-15. <BR> <BR> The Republican group is supporting candidates it sees... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:38:53 EST HHS Issues Guidance on Same Sex Spouses and HIPAA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59298967 HHS Issues Guidance on Same Sex Spouses and HIPAA-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Under HIPAA, patients’ spouses and other family members have certain rights to access health information. In an important guidance document in the wake of United States v. Windsor, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at HHS has clarified that “spouse” under HIPAA refers to legally married same-sex spouses, even if the individual is receiving services in a jurisdiction not recognizing same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> More here: ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:37:04 EST Read what this Christian pastor promises to do if http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59298933 Read what this Christian pastor promises to do if his children are gay-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Christian pastor in North Carolina has been amazed by the reaction to one of his recent blog postings, in which he wrote about what his reaction would be if any of his children grew up and told him that they were gay. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/read-wha<BR>t-christian-pastor-promises-do-if-his-<BR>children-are-gay270914 </link> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:34:04 EST 'Homos bully the poor and needy' reads Harlem... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59298912 'Homos bully the poor and needy' reads Harlem church sign-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A notorious anti-gay pastor has put up a new sign at his church, claiming gay people are bullies and Jesus would have killed them with fire and brimstone. <BR> <BR> The ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, New York has a sign outside which currently reads: ‘When the homos bullied the poor and needy in Sodom like they do in Harlem Jesus fire and brim-stoned them’ alongside a Bible reference. <BR> <BR> This is no... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:32:17 EST Are gays deserting Facebook and flocking to Ello? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59298891 Are gays deserting Facebook and flocking to Ello instead?-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A new social network is enjoying a surge of new users, as many people are deserting their Facebook accounts due to their controversial name change policy. <BR> <BR> Ello is an ad-free, invitation only social network which was established in 2013. It is now being hailed by some as the ‘anti-Facebook’, and has seen many new users from the LGBTI community. <BR> <BR> The recent row around Facebook’s name policy means s... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:30:34 EST South Africa gay man stoned to death http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59298871 South Africa gay man stoned to death-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay man was reportedly stoned to death in South Africa this week. <BR> <BR> The body of Skumbuzo Harold Mkefile, 24, was discovered by a passerby in Booysens Park, Port Elizabeth on Tuesday (23 September). <BR> <BR> He was found lying half naked in a field surrounded by bloody rocks and stones. His head was reportedly smashed in. Tattered women's clothing was also found near his body. <BR> <BR> The Afrikaans Son newspaper was told, ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:28:40 EST Kazakhstan ad agency fined over gay poster http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59298862 Kazakhstan ad agency fined over gay poster-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Kazakh ad agency has been fined for creating a poster for a gay club that sparked outrage last month. <BR> <BR> A court in Almaty found Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan guilty of 'advertising goods and services banned in Kazakhstan.' The court on Wednesday ordered director Daria Khamitzhanova pay a $700 fine and her company a $1,000 fine. <BR> <BR> The case was filed by Almaty youth authorities. <BR> <BR> The ad, created for the St... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:27:30 EST Clay Aiken finding his American Idol fame not much http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59298841 Clay Aiken finding his American Idol fame not much help in run for US Congress-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Clay Aiken parlayed his runner-up finish on the second season on American Idol into a successful recording career and stints on Broadway. <BR> <BR> But at 35, he has turned his energy and ambition to politics as the Democratic candidate for a seat in the US Congress representing the 2nd District of North Carolina. <BR> <BR> While he is currently the most famous congressional candidate in the US... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:25:51 EST Montana Catholic church bans aging gay couple... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59298816 Montana Catholic church bans aging gay couple after they marry to protect assets-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Montana couple spoke out this week after their priest banned them from church activities because he heard a “rumor” that they were gay and had married. <BR> <BR> Tom Wojtowick, 66, and Paul Huff, 73, told KULR that they had been together more than 30 years, and finally decided to get married in Seattle last year for financial protection as they get older. <BR> <BR> The couple said that only ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:23:55 EST Israel gay party slammed for ISIS imagery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59298804 Israel gay party slammed for ISIS imagery-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Israeli gay party organizer Dreck has drawn sharp criticism online for using imagery inspired by the Islamic State jihadist group to promote an event. <BR> <BR> The group, also known as ISIS, has beheaded three Westerners in the last month and branded gay people as the 'worst of creatures.' <BR> <BR> The poster for a party, which took place at Haoman 17 club in Tel Aviv on Friday, showed a man in orange kneeling before a man in bl... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:22:08 EST Good news everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59292026 California Governor finally outlaws "gay panic" defense <link>www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/09/28/califo<BR>rnia-governor-signs-law-outlawing-gay-<BR>panic-legal-defense/ </link> <BR> <BR> Hooray Louisiana! <link>www.klfy.com/story/26596682/judge-ru<BR>led-the-same-sex-law-prohibiting-marri<BR>age-is-unconstitutional-in-three-areas </link> <BR> <BR> Arizona could be next: <link>www.scotusblog.com/2014/09/arizona-s<BR>ame-sex-marriage-ban-likely-to-fall/#m<BR>ore-217675 </link> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:46:56 EST The birthplace of lesbian chic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59282021 A new documentary celebrates the legendary Sunday nights at Cafe Tabac <link>www.curvemag.com/Culture/The-Birthpl<BR>ace-of-Lesbian-Chic-169/ </link> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:51:31 EST Were monarch butterflies responsible for unusual http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59276981 Were monarch butterflies responsible for unusual weather radar readings?-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Large blue blobs appearing on weather radar last week above southern Illinois and central Missouri likely belonged to a swarm of Monarch butterflies, according to officials at the US National Weather Service in St. Louis. <BR> <BR> According to Kim Bell of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the radar masses indicated the presence of moderately heavy rain, but those readings were observed on a day that was ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:20:39 EST Southern Baptist Convention kicks out church for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59276968 Southern Baptist Convention kicks out church for being too tolerant of LGBT members-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A California congregation that decided to “agree to disagree” about the moral acceptability of homosexuality has been kicked out of the Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest protestant denomination. The SBC executive committee announced on Tuesday that it had decided to oust the New Heart Community Church because the congregation’s relatively tolerant take on LGBT issues does n... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:18:15 EST US Attorney General Eric Holder, a staunch LGBTI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59276952 US Attorney General Eric Holder, a staunch LGBTI ally, to step down-- <BR> <BR> US Attorney General Eric Holder plans to step down as head of the Justice Department as soon as a successor is in place. <BR> <BR> His impending departure was confirmed Thursday (25 September) by President Barck Obama. Holder, 63, has been in the job for five-and-a-half year which is the fourth-longest ever for an attorney general. <BR> <BR> Holder is considered a hero by LGBTI activists for his record on civi... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:16:02 EST BREAKING: U.N. Human Rights Council adopts LGBT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59276930 BREAKING: U.N. Human Rights Council adopts LGBT resolution-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination. <BR> <BR> The body approved the resolution by a 25-14 vote margin after more than an hour of debate. <BR> <BR> The U.S., along with Argentina, Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, South Africa, ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:12:35 EST TV’s The Flash will have a gay super villain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59276908 TV’s The Flash will have a gay super villain-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Flash is set to face off against a gay super villain when he returns to television for the first time in 13 years. <BR> <BR> According to TVLine.com’s Matt’s Inside Line blog, the Pied Piper will be among the villains in 2014’s The Flash and will appear mid-season – though the part appears not to have been cast as yet. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/tv%E2%80<BR>%99s-flash-will-have-gay-super-villa... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:10:31 EST Teacher suspended for slapping 'I'm Gay' message.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59276886 Teacher suspended for slapping 'I'm Gay' message on teen's back-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Canadian teacher is facing weeks of suspension after playing a homophobic prank on a teen. <BR> <BR> Daniel Mark Ogloff has defended his actions as 'horseplay' after he slapped a 'I'm Gay' sticker on the Grade 11 student's back. <BR> <BR> He is a metal fabrication and machining teacher at Aldergrove Community Secondary School in Lnagley, British Columbia. <BR> <BR> During a class last year, he let the boy ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:07:51 EST Olympic WIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59273309 The International Olympic Committee (IOC) just announced new human rights rules for host cities. From now on, potential Olympics host cities have to sign a legally binding contract that requires them to protect lesbian, gay, bi and trans people – in line with Olympic Principle 6 on non-discrimination. <link>www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/sep/2<BR>5/olympic-anti-discrimination-clause-s<BR>ochi-gay-rights-row </link> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:37:20 EST Op-ed: Gay Voice Is Ruining Lives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59269955 Op-ed: Gay Voice Is Ruining Lives-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Gay voice makes me uncomfortable. That fact is pretty ironic since my manner of speaking is at least a 5 on the Kinsey Scale. <BR> <BR> I was reminded of my complicated feelings during a recent business meeting, where a man opened his mouth and, as the tactless saying goes, a purse fell out. Many thoughts streamed through my head, but the overarching sentiment was, Wow, that must be tough. <BR> <BR> Seems gay voice is an issue with lots o... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:42:16 EST Obama to meet with gay-hating UN president http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59269938 Obama to meet with gay-hating UN president-- <BR> <BR> <BR> President Barack Obama is to meet with Sam Kutesa, the new president of the United Nations General Assembly who was instrumental in bringing in new anti-gay laws in Uganda, today (24 September). <BR> <BR> The meeting will take place in New York this afternoon, prior to a UN Security Council summit on foreign terrorists the US president will chair. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/obama-me<BR>et-gay-hating... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:40:49 EST Supreme Court judge Elena Kagan presides over a http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59269915 Supreme Court judge Elena Kagan presides over a same-sex wedding for the first time-- <BR> <BR> <BR> As the US Supreme Court is poised to announce which, if any, same-sex marriages cases it will review in its upcoming term, Justice Elena Kagan has reiterated where she stands on the issue. <BR> <BR> The associate justice presided over the wedding of her former law clerk, Mitchell Reich, and hos husband, Patrick Pearsall, over the weekend in Chevy Chase, Maryland. <BR> <BR> It was the first... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:39:06 EST